Nova Water Softener

 

We offer two models now!

 

Our brand for 1-2 person household $899
and a Pentair softener for larger households or high volume users installed for $1195
 

  • Use less water because it regenerates based on water usage with a built in metered paddle wheel (not a old school timer found on inexpensive units )
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer valve body for superior strength and durability, non-corrosive, and UV-resistant
  • Continuous service flow rate of 21 GPM with a backwash of 17 GPM
  • 5-cycle control for efficient and reliable water treatment system
  • Time-tested, hydraulically-balanced piston for service and regeneration
  • Optical sensor for precision cycle positioning
  • Soft water refill for a cleaner brine tank
  • Designed with double backwash for reduced hardness leakage
  • Diagnostics for historical valve performance
  • Programming stored in memory and will not be lost due to power outages
    • Tested and Certified by the WQA to NSF/ANSI Standard 44 for Water Softener Performance.
    • Tested and Certified by the WQA to NSF/ANSI Standard 372 for Lead Free Compliance. 
Our Nova brand Pentair
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Price includes two bags of salt to start or for an additional cost provide potassium chloride.

The water in TV is not very hard on scale of 15 it is approx. 8.6, very hard water is generally a level of 11 or more.

In our  opinion a softener is not required but a option that can be added later to our Whole House Triple system.

The fact remains that our filter is the primary filter to have in your home. 

However, In Fenney (south of rt 44) the water is harder, about 10.5 and adding a Nova softener is worth considering.

Water softeners represent a conflict between having soft water and ensuring sodium-free water. You may install a water softener to remove excess calcium and magnesium from your water, explains the National Sanitation Foundation. However, softening water involves replacing the calcium or magnesium ions with sodium or potassium. The harder your water, the more sodium will end up in your drinking water, advises the Mayo Clinic. Though the amount is minimal, it still may pose a concern if you are on a limited-salt diet.

But for those of you that desire a water softener both units are great.

But after the water is treated with this unit you need to pass it through our filter so the install will look like this.

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You've probably heard that cleaners work better in soft water than in hard water, but does that mean you will feel cleaner if you bathe in soft water? Actually, no. Rinsing in soft water may leave you feeling a little slippery and soapy, even after a thorough rinsing.

The Hard Facts of Hard Water

Hard water contains higher levels of calcium and magnesium ions. Water softeners remove those ions by exchanging them for sodium or salt. Factors contribute to that slippery-when-wet feeling you get after soaping up with soft water. the ions in softened water lessen its ability to stick to the soap molecules, making it more difficult to rinse the cleanser off your body.

Chemical Reaction

The reaction between a triglyceride molecule (fat) and sodium hydroxide (lye) to make soap yields a molecule of glycerol with three ionically bonded molecules of sodium stearate (the soap part of soap). This sodium salt will give up the sodium ion to water, while the stearate ion will precipitate out of solution if it comes into contact with an ion that binds it more strongly than sodium (such as the magnesium or calcium in hard water).

The magnesium stearate or calcium stearate is a waxy solid that you know as soap scum. It can form a ring in your tub, but it rinses off your body. The sodium or potassium in soft water makes it much more unfavorable for the sodium stearate to give up its sodium ion so that it can form an insoluble compound and get rinsed away.

 Instead, the stearate clings to the slightly charged surface of your skin. Essentially, soap would rather stick to you than get rinsed away in soft water.

We recommend using Potassium chloride rather than salt to eliminate that slippery-when wet feeling after rinsing the soap off. Also you're not adding salt to your drinking water.

Health Risks Associated With Softened Water

During the softening process, sodium is released from the exchange media into the output water. For every grain of hardness removed from water, 

8 mg/1 (ppm) of sodium is added. People on restricted sodium intake diets should account for increased levels of sodium in softened water. Your family physician should be consulted.

Sodium intake from softened water can be avoided by have a reverse osmosis kitchen tap drinking and cooking. 

Substituting potassium chloride for sodium chloride may be appropriate if health or environmental reasons necessitate restricting sodium.

Potassium is an essential mineral for plants; whereas, sodium can damage plant tissues. Because sodium is replaced by potassium, this diluted wastewater is beneficial to a grass covered drain field.

 

 

Myths About Hard Water

The World Health Organization says that "there does not appear to be any convincing evidence that water hardness causes

adverse health effects in humans". In fact, the National Research Council has found that hard water can actually serve as a dietary supplement for calcium and magnesium


MYTH #1 - Water Softeners Are Safe For The Environment

Fact: Water Softeners Cause Considerable Damage to the Environment


According to Ann Heil, a Supervising Engineer of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, automatic water softeners waste water and put a salty brine into the waste stream. High salts in the waste stream can harm aquatic life and can damage crops irrigated with downstream waters.

There are many simple solutions you can take to fix any mineral spotting - and none of them require a water softener. A teaspoon of Sour Salt will handle mineral residue in the dishwasher. Rain-X or furniture wax will minimize water spots on shower doors.

Finally, a whole-house water filter, that retains healthy minerals, will work great for bathing, cooking, cleaning and drinking.

MYTH #2 - Hard Water Is Harsh, Fades Clothes and Dries Skin and Hair

Fact: Hard Water Does Not Fade Colors or Dry Skin and Hair Chlorine in tap water does the damage, just as chlorine bleach.

Water softeners do not remove chlorine or chlorine disinfection byproducts

MYTH #3 - Water Softeners Filter Water

Fact: Water Softeners Do Not Filter Water;

They Only Exchange Sodium for Minerals In other words, water softeners convert dirty, chlorinated tap water into dirty, chlorinated, salty water. There is still a need to use a secondary filter system to remove salt, sediment and chlorine to produce a palatable water for drinking and cooking - but only at the kitchen tap. Dirty chlorinated, salty water still
runs throughout the rest of the home.

MYTH #4 - Minerals In Water Are Contaminants

Fact: Hardness Minerals Are Not Contaminants, Minerals are Nutrients


Scientific findings supported by research at the World Health Organization (www.WHO.int) have shown that drinking water rich with essential minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium, protects good health and leads to lower instances of heart disease and stroke.

MYTH #5 - Hard Water Clogs Pipes

Fact: Calcium and Magnesium Do Not Build Up and Clog Pipes

Between the mid 1940s and the late 1970s, most homes were built using steel (galvanized) pipes. Minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, will stick to steel pipes. New and re-piped homes built after 1975 have pipes made of copper or cpvc (plastic).

Here the homes are built with CPVC.

 

Health Risks Associated With Softened Water
During the softening process, sodium is released from the exchange media into the output water.
For every grain of hardness removed from water, 8 mg/1 (ppm) of sodium is added.
People on restricted sodium intake diets should account for increased levels of sodium in softened water.
Your family physician should be consulted.
Sodium intake from softened water can be avoided by installing a reverse osmosis system for
drinking and cooking.
Substituting potassium chloride for sodium chloride may be appropriate if health or environmental
reasons necessitate restricting sodium.
Potassium chloride is more expensive and adheres more strongly to the resin, reducing the exchange
efficiency when compared with sodium chloride. About 10 percent more potassium chloride salt is used during the backflush operation.