Chlorine & Your Water Softener

Chlorine & Your Water Softener


Many homeowners consider a water softener to be an ideal water treatment solution. As chlorine is a common water disinfectant, you may have wondered whether your water softener can be used to remove traces of chlorine from your water supply.Chlorine & Your Water Softener

The Chlorine Basics:

Chlorine is a naturally occurring gas. It has been used as a water disinfectant for many years, and this is usually in the form of sodium hypochlorite or “bleach.” Sodium hypochlorite is an ideal chemical for protection against bacterial contamination in water as it slowly releases chlorine into the supply as it is moved through the water distribution system. Chlorine acts as a powerful oxidizer; attacking bacterial tissues and any other organisms in the water.

Why Chlorine is in Your Water:

The majority of cities in the developed world, including North America, add chlorine to drinking water systems. The main reason for this is that all natural water supplies including rivers, lakes and the groundwater can become contaminated with bacteria. Although water treatment facilities use various disinfection technologies to kill bacteria in the water, it could travel hundreds of miles in the pipes between the facility and our homes. These pipes can have leaks, cracks or other forms of damage that can introduce bacteria into the water. This means that the utility companies need to ensure that the water is not contaminated while it is en route to consumer’s homes. Since Chlorine is a powerful disinfectant with a longer lifespan, it is the primary choice.

Can Chlorine be Removed Using a Water Softener?

Yes! But like many things, there is a right way and a wrong way to accomplish this. All over the internet and in many local stores you will find water softener vendors offering softeners that will remove chlorine. More often than not, these systems have been built as a regular softener with some quantity of granular activated carbon (GAC) added to the softener resin bed. The GAC mixes with the resin and will remove chlorine from the water that passes through for some period of time. The difficulty with these systems is that the GAC usually stops removing chlorine after 2 or 3 years but the water softener resin is good for 8 – 10 years and it is impossible to remove only the GAC from the softener because it has mixed with the resin. So, if you want to refresh the GAC you end up removing both the GAC and the resin and replacing both – this is very costly and very inefficient.

There is another much more effective and efficient way to use a softener as a whole home chlorine removal system. The proper filtration media for removal of Chlorine is Coconut Shell Catalytic Activated Carbon due to its sustainability.  This carbon is four times as effective and has four times the capacity of GAC.  It takes four times as much GAC to do the job as one unit of CSCAC. It removes 4 ppm Chlorine and eliminates the need for a separate carbon filter and filter changes.  This carbon has a lifetime warranty.  It is outstanding in the removal of organic chemicals  and the elimination of the odor and taste and it extends the resin life.

Although chlorine is disinfectant is commonplace today, the acrid odor and swimming pool taste can be very problematic. Fortunately, there are affordable and readily available treatment technology options to completely eliminate this problem. Speak to your fully WQA certified water treatment professional to explore your options.

Contact NicMar Water for your water needs.

About The Author: Mark Williams (NicMar Water President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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