The more I have the opportunity to talk with people and help them with water solutions for their homes and families, I get lots of questions about what a water softener does and the benefits of having one in your home. In this blog I want to address those questions and keep it simple! There’s lots of detailed info out there that you could spend reading for hours (and hours)…but straightforward and simple works for me! So here are the basics about water softeners.
The “job” of a water softener is to remove the hardness from water. Certain parts of the country (like Phoenix and surrounding areas) have naturally occurring hard water. That means we have a lot of calcium and magnesium in our water sources which causes the hardness. Have you ever seen that grey/green “junk” build up on your faucets, shower head and other fixtures…that is the “hardness”. Not only does the hardness damage your fixtures…it can also wreak havoc on your appliances…including your dishwasher, laundry machine and hot water heater! Yikes…all very expensive to replace / repair. Soft water will extend the life of those appliances and reduce repairs…saving you money! In addition, the “hardness” in the water is the culprit for those pesky spots on your dishes and film on your shower doors.
A water softener system with salt (or potassium) can significantly reduce the hardness of the water in your home! Not only will it extend the life of your fixtures and appliances…it provides additional benefits as well. The health of your hair and skin will get a major boost too. Hard water can damage your hair and leave it feeling dry and straw-like and your skin drier. Soft water allows your shampoo/conditioner to work more effectively and really “clean” and moisturize your hair with less minerals to interfere. There’s less soap residue that can lead to dry, itchy skin. Softened water does a better job rinsing, unclogging pores and letting moisture into your hair and skin.
Finally, soft water requires over 50% less detergent to do the same amount of laundry. Detergents do not mix well with hard water, so by using soft water instead your detergent is able to go further. This means you won’t have to purchase detergent nearly as often, but you’ll be getting even cleaner results. Soft water also helps keep your clothes bright and last longer.
I’m filling water jugs as we rush out the door to soccer practice for my girls. I’m thinking to myself…”hurry up and fill, we need to go”.
Then it hits me like a ton of bricks…I should be ever so thankful that I have water and all I have to do is turn on the faucet. And not only do I have water…I have CHOICES! I can choose from the city tap water that runs right into my house or I can choose from the reverse osmosis faucet right by my sink. I can trust whole heartedly that my reverse osmosis water is pure, safe and clean. I can rest assured knowing it has been filtered and is the highest quality of drinking water available. And even my crystal clear ice cubes bouncing around in the jug are top notch quality.
As I’ve been preparing for World Water Day on March 22nd it’s been on my heart and mind that so many women, children and families don’t have the same opportunities. I am so thankful because:
It’s not necessary for my daughters to wake up at dawn and walk one or more miles to the closest water source and then back home.
It’s not necessary for my daughters to spend hours waiting in line for access to a community well in the heat of the day.
It’s not necessary for my daughters to worry about whether their water contains bacteria and other disease causing organisms.
So yes….within minutes while those water jugs filled my heart was filled with the desire to help. As a mom…how can I not help other mothers, children and families? How can I not seek out opportunities to share the living water with others? How can I not teach my girls to get involved? How could I not do something?
Chances for Children was founded by local folks here in Scottsdale that have a heart for others. What started as an orphanage in Haiti in 2008 has grown to provide feeding programs and clean water, education, medical clinics, job creations and strengthening communities through faith. This was it…the CHANCE to help.
AZ Water Solutions is honored to partner with Chances for Children. Our commitment is for each water softener sold a Sawyer PointOne Filtration Unit with bucket will be donated to Chances for Children in Haiti. We will help…will you join us?
Revelations 21:6 (NIV) – “To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life”