Since being introduced in 2011, the Cascadian ICS-TP PolyHalt water softener and chlorine filter system is one of our most popular systems. An excellent choice for hard chlorinated city water. For more information on PolyHalt see What is a PolyHalt Salt Free Softener?
PolyHalt salt free ion bond softener and chlorine filter details:
Water Treatment for whole home or business
Industry Leading Treatment Technology
Better tasting and smelling water
Removes chlorine and other taste and odor problems (NOT for H2S hydrogen sulfide rotten egg odor, please see the ICS-H water treatment system).
PolyHalt® salt free ion bond water softener:
Easier cleaning and maintaining of home or business
Brighter, whiter, softer laundry
Soaps, shampoos, conditioners etc. will work better and you will use less
No slippery or slimy feeling
A legal replacement for conventional salt-based water softeners
Approved for use where conventional salt-based softeners are banned
Not subject to any regulations banning or restricting salt softeners including those in California
Treatment for silica etching and pitting of glass
Benefits compared to salt based softeners and backwashing filters
Salt free softening
Save 30± bags of salt per year
Produces no waste water
No backwash or regeneration cycles
Save 10,000± gallons of wastewater per year
No power required to operate
20 times smaller than typical salt softeners and backwashing media filters
Does not take up valuable floor space – system hangs on the wall
Simple annual maintenance
Annual filter change
Includes drain on filter housing for clean no spill easy filter changes
Lower cost to buy and maintain
Less time spent to maintain
Save $100’s and 2-3 days each year compared to traditional salt-based softeners
Other Products to consider:
To add sediment/particle filtration consider the ICS-STP. If you don’t need chlorine filtration consider the ICS-SP for sediment and salt free softening. If you are looking to filter H2S sulfur rotten egg odor see the ICS-H.
ICS-TP Taste & Odor Filter with PolyHalt Salt Free Softener
Dimensions: 29″ x 7.5″ x 8″ (Height x Width x Depth) Connection Diameter: 1” System Drain: 1/2″ Max. Filter Life: 12 Months Best Treatment Flow: 4-8 gpm Max. Flow: 15 gpm Min. Pressure: 25 psi Max. Pressure: 120 psi Min. Temperature: 39° F Max. Temperature: 113° F Number of Filters: 1 Weight: 18 pounds dry Includes Filter Housing Drain
General PolyHalt® Notes. See “How It Works” Tab for more details:
Just like salt-based softeners, there will be spots but any spots will be easier to clean.
Water will not feel slippery or slimy with PolyHalt® a softener like it does with a traditional salt softener
Hardness, iron, manganese and silica test results will be equal before & after treatment. This is because treatment with PolyHalt® does not remove these contaminants it changes them to a harmless form and they can no longer cause problems in the water or on surfaces they touch.
Water could be worse after install while plumbing is being cleaned. May need to clean aerators, shower heads etc.
Bacteria: None Allowed Chlorine: <3ppm Colloidal Iron: NA Hardness: Max 25 grains (427 ppm) Hydrocarbons, oils, or lubricants: None Allowed Hydrogen Sulfide: None Allowed (use ICS-H to remove) Iron & Manganese (Clear Only): <6 ppm Combined Iron & Manganese (Colored): <0.3 ppm Iron Bacteria: None Allowed Organic Iron: None Allowed pH: >6.0 and <8.5 Sediment: >5 micron Silica: <100 ppm Tannin / Organics: None Allowed Turbidity: Less than 1 NTU
Notes for all ICS systems:
DO NOT INSTALL ON WATER THAT IS MICROBIOLOGICALLY UNSAFE
If Raw Water Parameter Condition for Operation = “NA” the systems will not affect and is not affected by concentrations of that parameter typically found in drinking water
If Raw Water Parameter Condition for Operation = “None Allowed” Remove through adequate pre-treatment
If Raw Water Parameter Condition for Operation = “Not for extreme levels” The cartridge useful life may be shortened and require more frequent replacement.
Extreme levels of any parameter may shorten useful cartridge life
Stated “Max Capacity” may be reduced by overall raw water chemistry
Complete treatment with the ICS-TP is a two-step process.
Step 1. Water is first filtered through a specially designed activated carbon filter which improves water quality by filtering out objectionable chlorine taste and odor. Your water will be much more pleasant to drink and cook with and to bath in. The filter is not recommended as stand-alone treatment for hydrogen sulfide, rotten egg smell or for waters containing chloramine.
Step 2. Next, water flows through PolyHalt® media where it is softened, treated to prevent iron and manganese staining and silica etching and pitting. A small amount of PolyHalt® enters the water to protect your plumbing, fixtures and appliances from low pH or aggressive water conditions.
How PolyHalt® works;
PolyHalt® works because of differences in electrical charges between dissolved metals in the water and PolyHalt®. Technically PolyHalt® treats dissolved metals via a well known process is called Ionic-Bonding resulting in a new ionic complex. A more thorough description of how PolyHalt® works (see below) can be a little technical but simply put PolyHalt® works on the “Opposites Attract” principle.
PolyHalt®, is a negatively charged semi-solid material while metals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese dissolved in water are positively charged. As positively charged metals flow through negatively charged PolyHalt® an amount of PolyHalt® equal to that required to form a new ionic-bond is automatically proportionally released to form new ionic complexes. These new complexes are very different than the original, they are chemically different with new behavior properties than before treatment.
What new properties do PolyHalt® complexes have?
Hardness Minerals – Calcium and Magnesium;
Cannot form hard scale or stick to surfaces. Cannot bind with soaps to form a curdy precipitate (soap scum). PolyHalt® complexed hardness minerals remain in the water and the water behaves as if they are not present, scale formation is prevented, water is easy to work with. Water is softened without salt
Evaporative water spots;
Water spots formed when water evaporates are much easy to clean up. Most often all that is required is to simply wipe the spots away without hard work or chemicals.
Removal of existing scale;
PolyHalt® treated water tends to solve existing hard water scale from surfaces cleaning them over time.
Prevention of curdy precipitate (soap scum);
PolyHalt® treated hardness minerals cannot bind with soaps. Use less soap cleaning and get cleaner easier.
Protection of plumbing and appliances from Low pH or aggressive water that can soften and dissolve metals causing plumbing leaks and appliance failure;
A very thin coating of PolyHalt® forms a protective insulating layer on the metallic surfaces of metals exposed to Low pH or aggressive water.
Silica etching and pitting;
Though we are not sure of the chemical reason we know PolyHalt® somehow prevents etching and pitting of glass from silica.
Iron and Manganese treatment;
Dissolved iron and manganese in water are clear. Treatment with PolyHalt® keeps them clear, it prevents them from reacting with oxygen and changing to their colored form. PolyHalt® treated iron and manganese remain in the water unable to cause typical orange / red and brown / black form staining.
Blue and Green Staining;
Blue / green staining happens when copper leached from plumbing by water that is low pH or low TDS (total dissolved solids). Blue / green stains are prevented with PolyHalt® treatment because PolyHalt® forms a very thin protective insulating layer on the metallic surfaces of metals exposed to Low pH or aggressive water
PolyHalt® is a unique polyphosphate formula derived from naturally occurring phosphorous bearing rock. Levels of polyphosphate allowed in drinking water are regulated by the USEPA. Automatic proportional control and safety of PolyHalt® is tested and certified by NSF, an independent third-party testing agency. PolyHalt® has no color, taste or odor so it will not change these features of treated water.
Testing Hardness, Iron and Manganese:
Because PolyHalt® softens water by forming complexes with rather than removing hardness minerals through ion exchange and replacement with salt as with a conventional salt-based softener your water will test the same for calcium and magnesium before and after treatment.
A water hardness test shows how much calcium and magnesium are in the water, it does not show how the treated water behaves. Though there are differences in PolyHalt® and conventional salt-based softened water, they both essentially behave the same, they make untreated hard water with calcium and magnesium minerals easier to work with. One leaves the hardness minerals in the water, the other replaces them with salt.
This same principle holds true for iron and manganese in the water. PolyHalt® form a new complex with iron and manganese through ionic bonding. Without removing these metals they are rendered harmless unable to convert to their colored form. Because the new harmless complex remains in the water after treatment testing will show the same concentration before and after treatment.
PolyHalt® is consumed during the treatment process and so it must be replaced to prevent water problems from recurring. Maximum filter life is 1 year for whole home systems and 6 months for smaller Point of Use systems. Most often PolyHalt® will last a full year but water quality and volume treated may affect shorten filter life. Spots that are hard to clean after treatment indicate it is time to replace your filter. So you never end up with bad water problems again consider our “Filter Reminder Service” or “Autoship” options.
One difference between conventional salt-based softeners and PolyHalt® saltless softeners you need to be aware of is how the water “feels”. Unlike salt softened water, PolyHalt® treated water does not feel “slippery” so if you like and want to have the slippery feeling created when salt is added to your water a PolyHalt® saltless softener may not be for you.
Just as with salt-based softeners your water may still produce spots as it evaporates. Water spots after treatment with PolyHalt® will be much easier to clean, usually only requiring a simple wiping. Spots that are hard to clean after treatment indicate it is time to replace your filter.
Your water may be worse after treatment. This is a normal effect of using PolyHalt® as it begins to loosen and clean away existing scale buildup in plumbing pipes and fixtures. This is a temporary condition that usually stops after 30 to 60 days ending when existing buildup is cleaned up.
The new complex made by the binding of PolyHalt® with minerals is strong and stable at temperatures less than 140° F. and will not break down or revert over many months or even years.
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"Hello Jodi,Here is my testimonial about the Cascadian Water filter system that was installed in my home:I originally purchased the ICS-TP water filter system for my home with the hopes of eliminating the water softener system and the hassle and expense of water softener salt/pellets. I sent a water sample to Cascadian and they recommended the double filter system in order to achieve the level of soft water I was currently used to as well as filtering out harmful chemicals and contaminants that are in the city water. However, in my attempt to save money I foolishly decided to go with the single filter system, which works very well but does not get the water to the level of softness I was used to. Now I have a whole home water filter system and a soft water system working together to filter the water and soften it. If you are reading this, I highly advise you to go with the system that Cascadian recommends. It will save you money in the long run. The only upside to my situation is that I don’t have to refill the salt as often as I did before the filtration system was installed.Eric"
“I’ve never gotten one back, I’ve never had a complaint. When they go to install one, I say now, if you have a salt system you probably won’t be happy just because the waters not going to be that slimy feeling, if you’re used to one thing it’s not going to be that way.”
“I can tell you when I do my water sample and I get my suggested things they will almost always go to the ICS series…they’re easy to put in…they like them, the plumbers do, they really do.”
~ Pam – Wholesale Distributor, Sequim, WA.
“In all honesty my customers love it, that’s why they keep coming back and getting more and why they keep recommending it to their new customers. If I could just deal with this kind of stuff all day it’d be great days.”
~ Charles – Wholesale Distributor, Port Orchard, WA.
“Great assistance from the company and very glad to see these products available. It seems expensive (and it is) but the fact that we don’t have to buy and hassle with salt and we don’t have to change them every couple months justifies the cost. The performance of these filters far exceed the previous salt filters I once used. We had this filtering system going on 2 years now and not one problem. A little piece mind goes a long way when you are a new homeowner.”
~ Vanessa Will – An ICS User
“My ICS product is great, it's very effective fixing my hardness problems. My water tastes great too. The system is small, salt-less and doesn't require a drain.”
~ Richard Dievendorff – An ICS User, Oak Harbor, WA.
“I will continue to recommend Cascadian to anyone, they stand behind their product.”
~ Stephanie Wall – An ICS User, Entiat, WA.
“After using a salt-based water softener for over 30 years, I prefer the Cascadian system because it does not leave a slimy feel after showering, improves the taste of the water, and I no longer have to haul heavy bags of salt. The product does all that, and takes about 1/4 of the space, and half the cost of the Culligan System that it replaced“.
~ Suzette Thompson – An ICS User, Richland, WA.
“I was having problems with iron and manganese staining…The folks at Ace Hardware recommended a plumber who told me about the ICS treatment systems. I really think the ICS is the best technology available. I really like that the treatment is salt-less, doesn't require a drain and is low maintenance. My ICS system removes a great volume of iron. I love the fact the product is American Made. I give this product a rating of 10, I recommend the ICS product.”
~ Kenneth Cadwallader – An ICS User, Ellensburg, WA.
“After doing some research I began installing your product line and got very good responses. I have been installing NuvoH2O for years and no longer do so, your system does so much more than just removing hard water.
I bought a home this summer and installed one of your cartridge style systems in it. My wife has very long hair that drops below her waistline and has always used tons of conditioner. I told her she should not need to use as much now. She didn't cut back until she was almost ran out of it and to her surprise found she cut it back by at least 70 percent the same held true for other soaps in the kitchen and laundry room .
~ Keith McClure – Evans Plumbing, Sun Valley, ID
“I have used a lot of filtration company’s products over the last 15 years, some were terrible, some were not so bad however; none of them have as complete of a package of products like Cascadian Water does. They can recommend EXACTLY what it will take to fix the customer’s water problems right from the start, not just throwing equipment at the problem till it is satisfactory. No matter what water I come up against I know (Cascadian Water) has a solution for it. Example ‐ SuperTrap‐UF, nobody else has anything even close to what it can do for that price range, I hope to sell many more of them.”
“I have had the Cascadian water treatment system installed in my home for about 6 months now…our entire family feels that the (water) taste is significantly improved…My husband also feels like the hardness of the water has improved how his eyes feel after taking a shower…previously found that his eyes were bloodshot and bothered by the hardness.”
~ Sherry Erickson – An ICS User, WA
“…the water system you installed for us is working very well…Our water is very clear and soft, tastes good and the dishes and clothes are clean and white."
~ Pat and Aileen – An ICS User
“We love the Poly Halt!”
~ Alan Hanna – Safe Water Technologies West, Spokane, WA.
“….I am pleased to report that the wife is pleased with what the TP unit has done with our water quality in our personal home.”
~ Matt Dorsett – Campbell and Company, Pasco, WA.
"Is this Normal?" Todd sent this picture because he was concerned something might be wrong. Both these filters are ICS-TPKs but the one on the left is about 18 months old and the one on the right is brand new. Todd's water supply comes from the City of Mesa, AZ. where hardness ranges from 12 - 22 grains per gallon. The city does not list other common water elements such as iron. Click / Press here to see the city's full reports. Todd has a household of 4.
Todd's ICS-TP Testimony;
"I figured it was time to change my filter when I began to smell a little bit of chlorine. I also discovered that when the Cascadian filter is functioning normally you need to clean the toilet more often because the filter removes the chlorine, that's my personal barometer. ""The shower, dishes, the stuff that's noticeable - the filter makes my life much easier. Dishes are cleaner, shower doors are easier to keep clean, I've always squeegeed the shower everyday but that task is much easier with the Cascadian in place.""It might have been 18 months and I'm a family of 4 so I'm sure I got the full use out of that cartridge. We drank that water and cooked with it for 27 plus years prior to the filter and that's scary."Click/Press here to learn all about the Cascadian ICS-TP.
~ Todd Bakken – Is this Normal? An ICS-TP and ICS-TPK Testimony, Mesa, AZ.
“…I was having problems with iron and manganese staining, it had a bad taste and it didn't smell very good. My ICS system is "extremely effective and is well designed". I would highly recommend this water treatment system for both water quality as well the prevention of mineral buildup in your plumbing and fixtures".
~ Matt Newell – An ICS User, Wauconda, WA.
"First of all thank you for responding to my inquiry so quickly. I really appreciate working with prompt people and companies that realize time is valuable. We at Grizzly Plumbing have been very pleased with Cascadian Water. We mainly install the ICS-TP water filters. But we have had wonderful feed back from our customers. We installed one where the sulphur smell and taste was completely neutralized by the filter. It was so bad the odor could be detected all over the home when the water was ran. Right after I installed the filter I tried the water from the hose and could not taste the sulphur at all. We also installed one at a duplex to replace the salt water softener. The landlords tenants have been extremely pleased with the switch."Click/Press here to learn all about the Cascadian ICS-TP;
~ Jason Te Slaa – Grizzly Plumbing, Great Falls, MT.