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Water Softner with RO/DI?

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NaH2O

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A quick question, since I'm uncertain as to how a water softner works. Does having a water softner effect the production of RO/DI at all? Would it make the RO/DI unit work harder, easier, or have no effect (with the membranes and filters)? I have horrible water, so a softner is necessary. I would think it's easier on the RO/DI unit/membranes/filters/cartridges, but I am not sure.
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MikeS

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The water softener will increase your RO/DI filter membrane lifespan by removing lots of crud before it ever reaches the filter unit, especially if you live in an area with hard water. the only possible negative is a drop in daily production by the unit due to decreased pressure going into it.

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NaH2O

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Thanks, Mike. Makes sense....I never really thought about it before. Now I'm really glad I have one (water softener).
 

MikeS

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No problem Nikki.... :)

Our municipal water where I live is extremely hard, and tears up RO/DI membranes pretty quick...a water softener definately adds to the life of it...about triple in our case as compared to without it...

Mike
 

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A water softener is a DI kinda. It removes mostly what makes up hard water i.e., Ca and Mg and usually leaves behind Na. Yes, it will expand the life of he RO/DI
 
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