The Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant is not able to remove salt from wastewater, so every bag of salt that goes into a water softener passes through the treatment plant and into local streams. Increasing your softener’s efficiency protects our freshwater resources.
Take this Water Softener Self-Diagnostic to see if your softener is Salt Wise.
Salt Savers Program
Optimizing softeners for household water use and local water hardness can reduce salt use by 25% to 50%. If your household softener uses more than 1 bag of salt per month, have a professional tune it up or replace it with a high-efficiency model.
Visit Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District's website to find a service provider who has completed training on salt reduction and softener efficiency.
Why get a salt-efficient softener when you can go saltless? Saltless softeners are actually water conditioners because they prevent hardwater scale without adding sodium, aka "softening" water. For those who are accustomed to soft water, it will likely be an adjustment. Is the tradeoff of film on dishes, etc., for a reduced environmental footprint worth it for you and your household? To learn more, check out the results of a one-year market research study in Waterloo, Canada.