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Water softener rules now consistent

Posted: July 1, 2009 10:26 p.m.
Updated: July 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.
In response to the editorial column by Senator George Runner ("Do as I say, not as I do," The Signal, June 28):

If chloride-laden brine from commercial water softeners used at the Los Angeles County Pitchess Detention Center were discharged to the sewer system in the Santa Clarita Valley or from any other source in the valley, then the residents of the valley served by the SCV Sanitation District would indeed have reason to ask for equal treatment.

However, the fact is that discharge of water-softener brine from commercial and industrial facilities in the valley have been banned since the district's two water reclamation plants serving the valley came online in the 1960s.

While the Los Angeles County's Pitchess Detention Center does indeed have a commercial water softener for use in its industrial laundry, the brine is hauled off-site to a treatment facility in Ventura County that treats it and ultimately discharges it into the ocean.

In fact, the recent prohibition of residential automatic water softeners achieves a single consistent standard that prohibits the discharge of brine from all automatic water softeners into the sewer system from public buildings, businesses and private homes in the Santa Clarita Valley.


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