Hard Water & Choosing a Water Softening System

“Hard” water is high in dissolved minerals, mainly calcium and magnesium. Though hard water does not pose a health risk, it can form hard scale deposits that can build up on piping, heat exchangers, water heaters, boilers, and steam related equipment. These deposits result in costly repairs, premature equipment and fixture failure, reduced efficiency, and increased energy consumption. Hard water minerals can also impede soap and detergent performance and reduce the service life of linens and other laundry in health care facilities and hotels. In the U.S., water is categorized as soft, slightly hard, moderately hard, hard, or very hard depending on the parts per million (ppm) of dissolved

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