Do I need a water softener?
  • The need for a water softener is a matter of personal preference.
    • Sycamore's water comes from deep wells and is considered very hard (>180 mg/L of mineral hardness).
    • Most softeners reduce this to a hardness of <10 mg/L.
    • Water softeners complete this process through ion exchange.  When backwashed, the calcium and magnesium (hardness) are removed as they are "exchanged" with sodium (salt) from the brine tank.

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1. How much water does the average person or home use?
2. Do I need a water softener?
3. Where does Sycamore's water come from, and how does it get to my home?
4. How do I know what material was used for my water service line?
5. How does the City of Sycamore treat the water?
6. Why is my water discolored?
7. Is my water safe to drink?