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Old 02-06-2015, 12:12 PM   #15
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With the Mark 8000 (8000 grain) unit I had to regenerate about every ten days when we were in Bouse AZ for the winters. The water hardness was at least 50 grains per gallon. I say at least because my test strips only go up to 50 GPG. In Co the hardness is about 20 GPG and I had to regenerate every 30 days or so.

I had a hose that I only used for the regeneration process and I took the sewer hose out of the dump fitting in the RV park and ran the salt water down it. In some parks the lot was graveled so I dumped it on the ground there. I sprayed it around so it wouldn't make puddles.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:04 PM   #16
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With the Mark 8000 (8000 grain) unit I had to regenerate about every ten days when we were in Bouse AZ for the winters. The water hardness was at least 50 grains per gallon. I say at least because my test strips only go up to 50 GPG. In Co the hardness is about 20 GPG and I had to regenerate every 30 days or so....
In our RGV park the input water is at least 25 GPG. That means our 10,000 grain water softener is good for no more than 400 gallons of processed water assuming the resin beads were in perfect condition after regeneration. I have to assume that as the beads are doing their work they become less affective before they totally loose the ability to do any softening. In a wild guess I would expect that if someone gets 75% of the rated capacity to soften water to acceptable levels they are doing good.

We use a fair amount of water since we use our own clothes washer along with the rest of daily needs. We don't do anything to conserve it so it looks like I am on the schedule to regenerate our softener about every 5-7 days.
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In our RGV park the input water is at least 25 GPG. That means our 10,000 grain water softener is good for no more than 400 gallons of processed water assuming the resin beads were in perfect condition after regeneration. I have to assume that as the beads are doing their work they become less affective before they totally loose the ability to do any softening. In a wild guess I would expect that if someone gets 75% of the rated capacity to soften water to acceptable levels they are doing good.

We use a fair amount of water since we use our own clothes washer along with the rest of daily needs. We don't do anything to conserve it so it looks like I am on the schedule to regenerate our softener about every 5-7 days.
No washer/dryer in our motor home and we only use about 13 gallons of water per day so we can last quite a bit longer than y'all before regenerating ours.
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KCl salt

K Cl salt or Potassium Chloride will work fine in the softener, it may have a little lower performance in regeneration, just use a little more.
Also the Potassium is good for the grass, it will not kill it, it is good fertilizer, also good to stop muscle cramps!!

Also, if you put the regeneration water in the sewer and a septic tank is used the Sodium may cause problems in the Septic Tank.
Potassium should cause no problems in a Septic Tank.

FYI YMMV

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