The Benefits of Soft Water

Leavenworth Waterworks firmly believes that our drinking water is the “best value” option available to customers throughout Leavenworth County. Our drinking water not only complies with all E.P.A. and K.D.H.E. rules and regulations, it also is softened in the treatment process. There are several ways that soft water saves you money every day.

Lower energy cost: According to the Water Quality Research Council at New Mexico State University, water heaters work nearly 30% more efficiently when operated on soft water.

Fewer repair bills: Water-using appliances work more efficiently and require fewer repairs with soft water. Even leading appliance manufacturers, such as Maytag, recommend using soft water for optimum performance of their products. Plumbing lasts longer, too, without the lime scale buildup caused by hard water.

Less money for cleaners and detergents: Since soaps and detergents work more efficiently in soft water, you’ll only need one-fourth to one-half of the amount you need for hard water. And you’ll be able to obtain optimum results using shorter wash cycles and cooler water.

Smaller clothing allowance: Clothes last longer and look better when washed with soft water. According to a study conducted at Purdue University, the life of clothing and household textiles was prolonged up to 15% when washed in conditioned water. When detergents mix with hard water, they form lime curd deposits which can cause yellowing or graying of clothes. As the deposits accumulate, they contribute to fabric stiffening, matting, and wear.

Fewer lotions and conditioners: Hard water can dry skin and hair because the minerals combine with the soap to form a sticky residue that’s difficult to rinse away. With soft water this film doesn’t form, so hair and skin are smoother and healthier looking.

Time and work: With soft water on the job, you not only realize a savings in terms of dollars, but also in the form of another valuable asset – your time. That’s because sinks, faucets, fixtures, floors, and toilets can be cleaned more quickly and less frequently with soft water. An Ohio State University study demonstrated that soft water reduces the amount of time for weekly household cleaning from four hours to two hours and 21 minutes-a savings of more than 10 eight-hour working days per year.

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