What is Hard Water?
Hard water is water that contains dissolved minerals
such as calcium, magnesium and sometimes iron.
These minerals can form a hard, adherent scale
or stain on dishes.
Who has Hard Water?
More than 85% of American homes have hard water.
The softest waters occur in parts of New England,
South Atlantic-Gulf, Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii
Moderately hard waters are common in Tennessee,
Great Lakes, and Alaska. Hard and very hard waters
are found in most of the regions throughout the
country. The hardest waters (greater than 1,000 ppm)
are in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Arizona,
and southern California
How Hard is my Water?
Water hardness is described as soft, moderately hard,
hard and very hard. These classifications are based
on measurement of the calcium carbonate dissolved
in the water. It’s typically expressed as mg/L
(milligrams per liter).
Classification mg/L (Table)
Soft 0 – 60
Moderately Hard 61 – 120
Hard 121 – 180
Very Hard More than 180
How Does it Work?
The Soften-Shine utilizes proven ionic exchange
technology.The SoftenShine unit is charged in a
concentrated brine solution, then placed into the
dishwasher in a location where it will receive a
spray of water.As the water in the dishwasher
circulates, it flows through the SoftenShine unit,
removing the hard water minerals. The result,
water that is more than 90% softer than the
AverageWater Hardness During Dishwashing Cycle
with SoftenShine Water Softener
Why Do I Need It?
SoftenShine is an ecological friendly method for
preventing hard water stains on dishes and scale
buildup in your dishwasher . With many
communities and states enacting bans on certain
types of water softener discharge, there is a great
need for an alternative to the common whole
house water softener. The SoftenShine fills this need.
“California passes statewide ruling, Santa Clarita
Valley first district to enact ordinance under the law,
banning water softener discharge. . “
“Texas passes statewide ruling banning water
softener discharge in septic systems, . . .”