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Old 05-16-2019, 11:55 AM   #1
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Unhappy Water Softerner advice for VERY hard water

My husband and I are full timers located in the Texas hill country. We stay on the property of some friends and are hooked up to their well water. The location is perfect, the water is horrendous! I did a hard water test yesterday and it is 450ppm! That is amazingly high. I bought a water test kit at Lowe's yesterday and our water hardness measures in the 450ppm range. That is obscenely high.

I have seen some portable water softeners online, but they don't seem to really go as high as we need the to as far as how many grains they will remove. By the online calculations, just for 2 people (based on their equations of 2 peoplex450) we need it to be able to handle 72,000. That's unreal. Even the average 4 person household only needs 35,000.

Our water does stink...BAD. It has really high sulphur levels, so our coach constantly smells of rotten egg. Delightful, eh?

I've never bought a water softener before and neither has he, so I was just hoping that someone may have some experience and knowledge you could share with me.

Any help is very much appreciated. Thank you!

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Maybe a R.O system would be a better fit for you .
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We've been FT for 4+ years with the smaller of the two models of the On-The-Go water softener ... has handled hard water all over the USA and Canada. As I recall though - water softeners don't do much for the rotten egg odor.

An R.O system would address your issues at a much higher initial and ongoing cost. Let's see what information others provide ...
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RO system is a huge waste of water . They use something like 4 gallons to produce 1 gal.
If you’re going to be here long term you might consider calling a local company like Culligan .
They can do a water analysis and put together a system that might solve your problems.
We rented equipment from them for years and very reasonable.
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One of the small RV water softener units might work ok for you, you would just have to regenerate it fairly often, and limit the flow rate through it while processing hard water, letting it slowly fill your onboard tanks then using water from the tanks.


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RO system is a huge waste of water . They use something like 4 gallons to produce 1 gal.
If you’re going to be here long term you might consider calling a local company like Culligan .
They can do a water analysis and put together a system that might solve your problems.
We rented equipment from them for years and very reasonable.
This is your best bet. They may even be able to install in the pumphouse.

My parents lived outside of Austin and had really rotten water. 3 different treatment systems. Rust was also a problem.
In the RGV we just needed a softener for the house. We refill a 5 gal water bottle from the Windmill Machines for drinking. (they're all over the Valley)

Talk with a Pro, it'll be cheaper than guessing.
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We too have and On the Go water softener. Our water was on the highest side and now it's down to almost nothing on the scale. Good luck with your search.
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450 ppm is in the mid range, really not that bad at all

Many folks in the midwest have many times that

Chlorine following by a carbon filter will remove the rotten egg smell

Will require some equipment
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