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Question DetailsAsked on 11/14/2016

What can i do about hard water when i cant install a water softner system?

What other water softener treatments are there for hard watet?

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Don't see why you cannot install a water softener - which can be salt based or resin based (latter more commonly recommended for people on low-salt diet).

Other options for hard water commonly available for household use - reverse osmosis system, or distillation (where it boils the water and condenses it without the minerals like in a moonshine still). Reverse osmosis has a problem, especially with whole-house systems (as opposed to drinking water point-of-uyse systems), with clogging of the rather expensive membranes with the minerals, so the element needs changing more frequently in hard water areas. Distillation is usually only used if chemicals are in the water that cannot be removed otherwise - costly because of the energy to boil the water. Again, rarely used for whole-house, but sometimes used for a single point-of-use application.

One other that is advertised but there are numerous fraud alerts out from the federal government and BBB and such, are "ion capture", "ion crystallization" or similar systems that claim to ionically "convert" or "lock up" the minerals contributing to hardness so they no longer cause "hard water" condditions. For residential use (as opposed to select industrial uses) these should be considered suspect, because testing by government agencies (many have been banned from purchase on federal projects, for instance) and universities have pretty well shown many of them them to be a scam. Personally I have never seen one that worked or that the legitimate homeowner said gave a desirable water product.

BTW, FYI, here are links to a few other prior similar questions with answers about this matter -

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


Unfortunately every company that has come out to treat on my water system has said that I can't put in a water softner system. This is for the Las Vegas area so if there are any people living in Las Vegas and has a working water softner system for their water, please respond. Thanks.

Answered 3 years ago by Dchoye



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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


Did the vendors say WHY you can't put one in ? If not, I would call them back and ask specifically WHY you cannot put one in - because other than finding maybe 5-10 square feet or so along a wall to install it near the water line entry to the house, there should be no technological reason one cannot be put in.

Some cases just need a bit more $ due to difficulty getting to a good drain connection, having to install a booster pump because of unusually low water pressure, etc. And in your area, because of the arsenic, radioactivity and contaminants in the water, you might be looking at both a conventional type water treatment system plus either a carbon filter unit or an osmotic filter unit, at least in the kitchen for cooking/drinking and reefer water. But typically for a thousand minus to few thousand (depending on area and on how "pure" you want your water to be) you can get a workable system installed (though you will have chemical cost periodically after that) - or commonly around $25-70/month if using a leased system (though I have seen as high as $130/mo with all service included in very hard water areas (commonly in the arid Southwest) demanding a lot of frequent service calls to clean/add chemicals).

I checked with your local water district website - they have a page saying many people in your area have them and like them (though you will note the Reverse Osmosis system people commonly note the rapid clogging of the membrane cartridges), because LV has one of the "hardest" waters amongst major metropolitan areas in the nation. But nothing there that I saw about outlawing them because of the backflush water they "waste" - which some few areas in the West and Southwest are doing.

If you google the search phrase "water softeners in Las Vegas" you will find a number of blogs of people touting their water treatment system and that the softened water is much better.

Here are a couple of links to companies currently advertising Las Vegas water softeners - and you should be able to find more in the Water Treatment category in Search the List.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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