What is Water Softener?
A Water Softener is a device to soften hard water.
Water Softeners reduce the Calcium and Magnesium in hard water there by reducing
Is hard water harmful?
That depends on the application to which the water
is being put.
4.1 Drinking Water : For drinking water it is desirable that the total hardness
does not exceed 300 parts per million (p.p.m) as per I.S.I standards. Corporation
water hardness of between 50 to 200 p.p.m which accounts for its sweet taste of
water gets adversely affected.
Hair & Skin : Hard water does not easily produce a lather with soap. Infact it
leaves an insoluble sticky residue which though not highly visible, clings to
the hair and skin leaving the hair feeling sticky & lifeless, and the skin feeling
: Hardness also leaves white salt deposits whenever water is heated, this is called
Geysers : These salt deposits coat the elements of geysers, leading to increased
electricity consumption and reducing in the life of the element.
Steam Irons : The salts deposits block the vents of steam irons.
Solar Water Heaters : The salt deposits also choke the water pipes in Solar Water
Washing Machines : Since hard water dose not easily produce a lather, the efficiency
of washing machines adversely affected. Clothes lose their brightness and shine.
Moreover the salt deposits will damage the heating elements in fully automatic
Floors & Kitchen Utensils : When the hardness is very high it also leaves white
marks on the floors after they have been mopped, and salt encrustation on kitchen
utensils used for cooking.
Sanitary Fixtures : Hard water stains and damages sanitary fixtures.
How does AquaSoft Soften water ?
AquaSoft eliminates the salts responsible
for hardness from the water, namely Calcium and Magnesium. In the softener there
are millions of tiny polymer beads (resin) which carry a Sodium ion charge. As
the water flows over this resin, the Sodium ion thereby softening the water. Sodium
is extremely soluble in water and does not precipitate on heating, thus eliminating
all the problems associated with hard water.
When all the Sodium ions have
been extracted by the hard water, the resin is regenerated by washing it in a
concentrated salt solution (brine). This allows the AquaSoft Water Softener to
be used again and again. (The process of washing the resin in a concentrated solution
of brine is called regeneration).
How frequently does the AquaSoft softener need to be regenerated?
depends upon the degree of hardness of the water and the amount of water drawn
from the softener. A simple qualitative way of determining the need for regeneration
would be by trying to obtain lather with soap using the water drawn from the softener.
If the lather forms easily, then the water is soft, if not, the resin should be
Alternative one may use the AquaSoft Hardness Test Kit to determine
the hardness. If the hardness if above 50 p.p.m then the resin should be regenerated.