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Old 03-06-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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Water Softener, need some good advice.


I live in San Antonio, Tx. and am about to move into a new building.
I will need to install a water softener. I havent done this before, but am pretty handy and confident I can tackle the task. The question is, what unit do you guys recommend?
There are only two of us for now, so water usage will be minimal.
Our water hardness here is between 232 and 310, but averages 261.
With these numbers, I assume we are going to need a large system, or be flushing it regularly.
Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-08-2007, 07:52 AM   #2
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Sorry you have no answer yet, wish I could be of some help.

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Old 03-13-2007, 09:53 AM   #3
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anyone? Or maybe a contact or website that might point me in the right direction?
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Old 03-13-2007, 04:43 PM   #4
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just about any water company or big box store will check your water for free and recommend a system...

we have www.kinetico.com, i don't know if theyre national
homedepot.com says they do free water tests.
www.whirlpool.com has nice systems that you can get at lowe's for $500 or so.
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Old 03-16-2007, 03:43 PM   #5
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great, thanks again for yalls help.
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Old 03-16-2007, 04:44 PM   #6
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no prob.

Oh and kinetico says:

"With offices in the United States, France, United Kingdom, Denmark and Canada, Kinetico products are available in nearly 100 countries around the world"... so I guess they're national... er... global after all.
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Old 05-28-2007, 12:20 PM   #7
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Our water hardness here is between 232 and 310, but averages 261.
With these numbers, I assume we are going to need a large system, or be flushing it regularly.
Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
I see this is an old post but will reply anyways,

First of all you have to be mistaken on your "water hardness". Sounds like your getting your water hardness mixed up with your TDS (total dissolved solids). I can estimate your hardness being around 10 - 20.
Recommendations on a Filtration device for 2 ppl would have to be a
Fleck 5000 valve 32,000 grain or 27,000 grain unit. That unit is designed for a small family 1 to 3 people.

Installation: Be sure to find
1; Drain access- for softener to drain
2; Electric - for most softeners time ect
3; POE Your waters point of entry
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Old 06-09-2007, 10:57 AM   #8
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To convert from ppm to grains
0.058419 grains per US gallon = 1 ppm



So... 261 ppm = 15.2 grains

Then adjust for water iron content (5 x ppm iron). 2004 average iron content in San Antonio was 16 ppb, so... (5 x 0.016 = 0.090)

15 grains total hardness
+ 0.090 avg iron (insignificant)
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15

Hope this helps out.


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I live in San Antonio, Tx. and am about to move into a new building.
I will need to install a water softener. I havent done this before, but am pretty handy and confident I can tackle the task. The question is, what unit do you guys recommend?
There are only two of us for now, so water usage will be minimal.
Our water hardness here is between 232 and 310, but averages 261.
With these numbers, I assume we are going to need a large system, or be flushing it regularly.
Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-12-2007, 02:07 PM   #9
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man, yall are great. Thank you for all of the help.
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:49 PM   #10
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I suggest contacting EcoWater of San Antonio they have been in San Antonio for a long period and understand problem water and how to treat it.
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Dave the post is a year and a half old. He's probably already done it by now.
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I have lived in my home for 7 years as of this year. I have rented water softner systems from 3 major comanies in my area. Including Culligan. It has not been until this last company come to my house and installed their system (Kinetico) that I have been able to enjoy even a Glass of old fashion Kool Aid made with my tap water.
My water was always clean, but would have a yellowish tint to it. It was said that it was not rust and I was not seeing rust, but there was a small odor (natural in ground water) and there was a yellowish tint if left standing, such as in the toilet.
The water comapnies say it is something called Tanons....That is fine, but clean my water. One of the three companies suggested "Your water will never be clear!"
Well, today my water is clear and softened by Kenetico, but I think the major improvement was noticed when a filter was added between the water pump and my softner system. Filtering the crud out of the water before treating it was 100% a great idea!
If you have a softner system, try adding a filter between your pump and the treating system and see if your water clears up even more!~


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