by Gabe Ergler
Softener bans and restrictions – Are they real?
March 22, 2016
Salt Softener Ban

Softener Bans and Restrictions are Very Real

And PolyHalt salt free ion bond softeners are legal

If you live in an area or region affected by softener regulations you are keenly aware of the situation. In short yes, there are areas of the country, even whole states, where salt based softeners are banned or restricted. If you live an areas where salt softeners are banned then you already know the ban is very real. 

Salt based softeners use an ion exchange process where salt is exchanged for hardness. A byproduct of ion exchange is salty waste water. Salty waste water is drained into a municipal sewer system and treatment does not remove the salt. The salt is then passed into the environment, usually a river. This raises the amount of salt in the river and eventually groundwater that is recharged by the water from the river.

Rising levels of salt in our water supply is problematic, especially for farmers who rely upon this water for crops. Simply put, high salt levels in the water used by farmers damages and even kills their crops. If rising levels of salt were ignored and allowed to continue we could see a time where farmers are not able to produce crops to feed our nation. Once salt levels are high enough to damage crops no practical way to reduce that salinity via man made solution. Perhaps time would eventually dilute the concentration or flush the salt to the ocean but this is not known.

Salt Softener Bans:

Rising levels of salt in our water supply is such a serious problem. There are several areas around the county, mostly in California, where there is an outright ban on salt based softeners. Some might suggest switching from typical softener salt (sodium chloride) to an alternate salt (potassium chloride). In this context, it doesn’t make a difference, both are banned. Because the ion exchange process cannot work without these salts alternatives must be considered. Check out what the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County has to say here.

 Salt Softener Restrictions:

There are softener restrictions around the country which dictate where the waste from a salt softener can be disposed of.  Many states that have regulations preventing disposal of salty softener waste into on-site septic systems. This effectively eliminates salt softeners as a treatment for hard water where there is no municipal sewer treatment option available.

 What options do you have?

There are several technologies or processes that address hard water problems without the use of salt. You might be looking to soften water without using salt. If you are, you may find a treatment system you absolutely love even more than a salt based softener. One of the oldest salt free technologies is polyphosphate. Polyphosphate is used by many municipalities across the nation to control mineral scale buildup.

Our own polyphosphate based PolyHalt® ion bond softeners have even more capabilities than a salt softener. In addition to softening hard water a single PolyHalt® treatment unit will address iron, manganese, low pH and even silica problems. PolyHalt treatment systems come with options such as sediment and / or chlorine filters.  PolyHalt® systems range in size from point of use all the way to hotels and dairy farms. PolyHalt® systems are cartridge based system and soften without producing salty waste water or requiring power. Click Here to learn more about PolyHalt salt free ion bonds softeners.

Softener bans and restrictions are not new and they have not been reversed since adopted. Texas, Kentucky and Montana all rewrote state septic tank regulations well over a decade ago. From <>


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