Can I add a booster pump after a water softener?

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by hottubbrad, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. hottubbrad

    hottubbrad New Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    I have a well system with an 80 gallon pressure tank. This feeds a standard resin bed water softener.
    The house water pressure is not great and can only be fixed by bypassing the water softener.

    Now, I am going to add a UV water treatment with a pre-filter. (due to coliforms in water now.....)
    I fear that my pressure and flow is going to be dismal after I do this.

    Can I add a booster pump after all of my filtering equipment? Would this act to increase the flow through the filters??
    My option is to add a storage tank and a pump but I would really like to do it with a pump. Any idea of pump size or how to figure out the flow numbers without cavitating?

  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    Information Technology
    NW Ontario, Canada
    I suspect a booster pump could draw a vacuum and collapse the down tube in the softener. If you have a pressure drop across the softener it either needs to be serviced or it is very undersized.
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  4. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Pump Controls Technician
    Lubbock, Texas
    You might be able to just increase the pressure coming from the pump to the softner. Maybe as easy as just increasing the pressure switch setting. If you have to boost after the softner, you will need to draw from an atmospheric storage tank of clean water.
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