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Hard water is costly

Posted: April 23, 2010 3:46 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Since reading the March 25 article ("Winter water brings spring spots") concerning the increased hardness of water supplied by the Santa Clarita Water Division, we have had to replace our water heater and the house's pressure-regulating valve.

Both were only six years old. While the exact cause of their early failure cannot be confirmed, two plumbers did verify that hard water mineral deposits could be a contributing factor.

We replaced the water heater with a gas-saving, tankless model that had an installed price of $2,700. In order to maintain the full warranty, the water supplying the unit must not exceed a hardness rating of 12 grains per gallon. According to the water district, our present supply was last rated at 24 gpg.

With home water softeners now outlawed, our only option in maintaining the warranty has been to subscribe to a water-softening tank-exchange service at $58 per month.

Ironically, this means that most months, we now pay more to protect our plumbing and appliances from the potentially harmful effects of our water supply than for the actual water itself.

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