Water softner recommendation

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, Questions and Answers' started by asdfqwer, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. asdfqwer

    asdfqwer New Member

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    Location:
    Peoria IL
    I need to buy a water softner, please advise/comment on the choices. I am located in Peoria, IL. There are 3 people living in the house.

    1. Water quality
    Illinois American water test results:
    http://www.illinoisamwater.com/files/IL_1435030_TWQ.pdf
    http://www.illinoisamwater.com/files/IL_1435030_CCR.pdf

    I also had Culligan and Ecowater do an in-home water test. Results:
    Culligan
    Hardness: 23 GPG
    TDS: 550
    pH: 7.5
    Iron: 0

    E cowater:
    Hardness: 26 GPG
    TDS: 630
    pH: 7.5
    Iron: 0

    2. Capacity:
    http://www.qualitywatertreatment.com/water_softener_sizing.htm
    This calculator recommends a 48,000 grain capacity

    3. Water softner choices:
    Culligan Medalist, $1300
    Ecowater ESD 518, $1300
    Fleck 7000SXT based softner, $560 (or so online)

    After reading a few posts, I found a few places online that sell water softners with the Fleck 7000SXT valve (Clack WS-1 seems to be a good alternative, but I've never seen them for sale). People recommend them as reliable, cost-effective products and generally a good choice.

    Option 1:
    Fleck 7000SXT Meter Water Softener
    Sold by Quality Water for Less
    http://www.qualitywaterforless.com/Fleck_7000SXT_Meter_48000_p/f-r48-70sxt.htm

    Questions:
    1. Is this a reliable company? Anyone have any experience with them?
    2. Brine tank size: 14x34, 18x33, 18x40?
    3. Resin: high capacity resin, ResinTech CG8 or Fine Mesh Resin?
    4. Turbulator: I don't think I need it, but it seems like using underbedding is a good idea.

    Option 2:
    Fleck 7000SXT Meter Water Softener
    Sold by OhioPureWaterCo
    http://www.ohiopurewater.com/shop/customer/product.php?productid=18651&cat=632&page=1#

    Questions:
    1. Is this a reliable company? Anyone have any experience with them?
    2. Brine tank size: 15x17x36 rect or 18x33 round?
    3. Softnening Resin: do I need the fine mesh or sst60?

    General questions:
    1. Any other retailers (online or not) that I should look into?
    2. Where's a good place to get the underbedding?

    Thank you for you time
     
  2. Lowell

    Lowell New Member

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    Location:
    Central Ohio
    Ohio Pure Water

    Highly recommend Ohio Pure Water. They were recommended to me by friends and neighbor. Totally satisfied with their assistance during install. I purchased Clack WS1 but now I understand they can't sell Clack anymore. I certainly would not hesitate on Fleck units.
     
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