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Question DetailsAsked on 7/10/2016

Ratings of non-salt water treatment systems

What is the best non-salt water treatment system?

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AL does not do product ratings - you can google for the Consumer Reports and Better Homes and Gardens ratings and reviews though, but the general consensus is that a LOT of the systems out there are as much scam or hopeful wishing as effective treatment systems, and many are grossly overpriced for waht they provide.

There are a very few responses to question in the Home > Water Treatment category of Browse Projects (at lower left) but I don't remember very many on non-salt systems. If you are logged in as a user (rather than as a guest) you will see several links to previous similar questions right under this response.

My recommendation - unless talking carbon absorption or reverse osmosis or distillation system (which by themselves cannot economically handle very dirty water without a pre-filtering sand bed or similar system and also tend to be fairly uneconomic for whole-house treatment as opposed to point-of-use for drinking and cooking only), I have never seen a residential non-salt treatment system which did a very good job with real hard or iron/ lime/ manganese problem water. My noirmal recommendation - go with a salt-based conventional system for most poor water quality issues, then put in a bottled water dispenser (either from a bottled-water delivery company or using water you buy yourself) or point-of-use carbon filtration and/or reverse osmosis system (depending on type of issue) for drinking and cooking use only.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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