The main source of drinking water, in the Town of Orangeville, is groundwater from aquifers. As a result, this produces “hard” water due to the high mineral content present in the water.

The minerals present in the water are healthy to drink, but can inhibit the cleaning effect of detergent and soap and cause corrosion in your plumbing system. Hard water can also result in the build-up of minerals on surfaces such as pipes causing scale build-up and reducing water flow.

Purchasing a water softener

Here are some tips to help you select and use a water softener:

  • determine the right size of water softener needed for your house (This is calculated by the average daily water use and the average water hardness in your regions. In Orangeville the average hardness is 325 mg/L)
  • set the water softener to the most efficient setting based on the average water hardness in your region
  • consider an on-demand system that monitors the amount of water used and only regenerates when needed
  • invest in an efficient water softener that is certified to the NSF/ANSI 44 Performance Standard

Try an alternative solution

If you are worried about increasing the salt levels in your local water supply, you may want to consider an alternative form of water softener. For example, the Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC) or Nucleation Assisted Crystallization (NAC) system has been shown to reduce scale buildup on water heater elements by over 90%, matching the effectiveness of salt-based water softeners. The NAC/TAC units need no salt or water to operate.