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Current IssueAugust 30, 2015
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Ask The Expert: In search of water efficiency
Question: Q: I have a water Watermate softener. It's about 14 years old. The water seems fine, but how do I know it's doing a good job? Also, with the recent drought we had I run low on water when it cycles. How much water does it take to regenerate a typical system and are some more water conservative than others?
Lee Test
Bellbrook, Ohio

Answer: A: Fourteen-year-old equipment is likely approaching its expected life—particularly if you're looking for water efficiency. Today's equipment may offer a lot more in terms of monitoring and control instrumentation, i.e., demand initiated regeneration, etc., that not only saves water but improves on the salt efficiency. Have the water tested before and after it enters the unit to find out how well it's performing. Sometimes simply having a unit serviced by a knowledgeable professional technician can improve its efficiency with a few adjustments or resin cleaning. There are so many softeners that brine in the "counter-current" mode saving water and salt, it'd be hard to mention all. Some brands are Technetic, Kinetico, ECO and DWC-Plus. Even a newer Watermate likely will be more water conservative.

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