The water softening flush release has come under fire from certain environmental quarters, even though it has not been proven to be a problem under most practical conditions. In response to these concerns, the Water Quality Association decided to study the environmental impact of conventional water softening. The goal of the study was simple, to determine whether ion exchange water softening is an eco-friendly technology that might be able to contribute to the efficiency of home heating technologies and result in a reduced carbon footprint. In order to carry out the study the prestigious Battelle Institute in Columbus Ohio was contracted to do the work.
The net results of the Battelle study proved, beyond any doubt that by maintaining a high level of efficiency, home water heaters, faucets, showerheads, and various appliances will use significantly less energy, and result in a dramatically decreased carbon footprint. Appliances will last longer, also contributing to less waste and land fill and finally improved health by eliminating scaled surfaces that could harbor pathogenic bacteria.
Using less detergent and hot water also helps on the environment. Another study for the Water Quality Association on detergents quantifies the difference water softening can make.
Washing machines can reduce detergent use by half, using 60-degree cold water instead of 100-degree hot water – and get the same or better stain removal. Dishwashers can run with up to 50 percent less detergent – with better results.
Water softening – it’s good for you and it’s good for the environment.