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If you are considering a water softener – and believe us you should be – take the time to look over this list. We have included things that we think are important to at least consider. There is some room at the bottom to add your own.
 
Feature
Ecowater
Other #1
Other #2
Appropriate size. To determine required capacity for your family, multiply: hardness in grains x Number of people x 65 gallons per person x 4 days for reserve capacity on demand softeners. Eg. for 5 people in Lethbridge:
13 gpg x 5 x 65 x 4 = 16,900 grains or larger water softener.
YES
 
 
Demand recharge tracks water use and only recharges when needed – Saving Salt and Water
YES
 
 
Cabinet Styling – softener and salt tank in one

YES

 
 
Low voltage electronic timer for accuracy, reliability, and safety
YES
 
 
Certified to appropriate NSF Standards
YES
 
 
Zerofootprint certification – Certifying that there is no net carbon footprint
YES
 
 
Bypass valve included – allowing service etc. without shutting off water supply
YES
 
 
Plumbing installation included
YES
 
 
Parts and Service available locally
YES
 
 
Upflow brining increasing capacity, reduces salt consumption and makes softer water
YES
 
 
1” full porting and connections for reduced pressure loss
Most Models
 
 
Remote monitor letting your know of any possible problems and when to add salt
Most Models
 
 
Electronic connection from softener over phone lines to diagnose problems
Most Models
 
 
Digital display showing capacity remaining and other valuable monitoring information
Most Models
 
 
Salt monitoring lets you know when you need to add salt
Most Models
 
 
Proportional brining only recharges the portion of the softening bed that has been used saving salt and water
Most Models
 
 
Stratified resin bed using 2 types of resin for more efficiency
Most Models
 
 
Chlorine removal option
Top Model