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Water softener laws cause dilemmas

Posted: January 31, 2009 11:15 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2009 4:59 a.m.
Everyone in Santa Clarita knows how bad the water is. How it leaves rings in your shower, stains in your toilet and sinks and calcium buildup the size of small glaciers on the sides of your pool.

Yes, I understand all the ramifications of draining the salt water into the system and how it affects us all. I get it.

But what are a lot of us supposed to do? Times are tough, everyone is looking to cut expenses, save money and make ends meet during this terrible economic time.

When they come and take my softener away and give me my rebate check that "they" feel it is worth, where does that leave me?

My choices are to spend three times that amount to replace my softener with a non-salt system.

Or I can pay to have a cheaper system installed, but have a monthly payment to change tanks and filters.
(And who needs another monthly payment in these times?)

Or I can just flat-out not replace it and deal with the terrible water with the stains, buildup, corrosion and cost of cleaning it all, and hope it doesn't ruin my pipes in the process.

All of us who are now caught in this situation are scratching our heads and wondering what to do. We are being forced to give up a product we bought to fix a city problem and also forced to replace it at our expense.

Or, for those of us who can't afford to, just deal with the inferior product being pumped into our homes.

Some of the people I have talked to just say they will not change their systems. "How will anyone know?" they say.

What should a poor person do?


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