Water softeners and septic systems.


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Water softeners and septic systems.

I'm cutting in a SW loop for a salt/resin softener and wasn't sure if the discharge was safe for my septic system.

I live in Las Vegas, NV and the city water is pretty hard (dissolved minerals). Is there another type of system that's a better alternative? House has 4 bathrooms.

Thank you for any advice.
 
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Originally Posted by william_04_x
I'm cutting in a SW loop for a salt/resin softener and wasn't sure if the discharge was safe for my septic system.

I live in Las Vegas, NV and the city water is pretty hard (dissolved minerals). Is there another type of system that's a better alternative? House has 4 bathrooms.

Thank you for any advice.
City water and private septic?

Hardness? number of people?

http://treatmenttech.net/site/reside...eptic-systems/
 
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Yes, city water and private septic.

Water is reported at 275ppm/16 grains per gallon, and there are 6 of us in the house.

Great link. Thank you.
 
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Originally Posted by william_04_x
Yes, city water and private septic.

Water is reported at 275ppm/16 grains per gallon, and there are 6 of us in the house.

Great link. Thank you.
It is information .. information is good..

With 16grains, and 6 people , my formula has 1.5 cubic cleaning about every 5-6 days at 9lbs each time or about 58lbs of salt per month..
Others might have different numbers or say different... but this gives an idea as to what you might see in usage..
 
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Thanks for the estimation calc. I can deal with 60lbs a month.

Any particular features I should be looking for in a softener?
 
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Originally Posted by william_04_x
Thanks for the estimation calc. I can deal with 60lbs a month.

Any particular features I should be looking for in a softener?
Metered would be at the head of the list..
There is the older style of meter and then there is the elect or digital metered units.
I like the ones that have the media tank outside the brine tank, that way if some thing happens to one or one goes to clean out the brine tank the other part does not have to be moved.
Some like Clack valves, Some like Fleck valves..
I have used Fleck for 20 years and like them and have no plans of changing..
I like the item called a turbolator where the media or resin is changed over each time it cleans and there is often more in the same size tank ..
Some will say that the turbo cuts down a bit on the flow rate or pressure, I have yet to see it in the ones that I have put out over the years..
If you wanted to cut the salt down by 10lbs per month... give or take a little, a twin would do that because the twin would run closer to the full capacity of each tank before changing to the other tank.

Those are some ideas to think over.
 
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This turned into a good sized project. First off, thanks to Akpsdvan for a whole lot of advice and encouragement. I didn't follow all his advice(bought the GE softener), but I have a much greater knowledge of how these systems work because of it. He really knows his stuff. Thanks man!

I finished framing this little enclosure for the system today.



Got the softener set and all plumbed up this afternoon.



Framed the roof this evening.

All closed up.



Open for salt refill.



Still have to roof it, run a permanent drain line, pull power, stucco, and paint. The hard part's over.
 
 

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