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  • Request to Reduce Water Softener Use

    May 1, 2019
    Request to Reduce Water Softener Use

    From now until the end of the year, the City of Santa Maria recommends residents lower or turn off water softeners because the City will be delivering higher-quality municipal water with reduced mineral content.

    Further making this delivered water any softer can be damaging to pipes and fixtures. Reducing the use of home water softeners not only saves water and money, it also reduces the amount of salts discharged into the local groundwater basin.

    Due to significant rainfall and the plentiful Sierra snowpack, the City will deliver more imported State Water than local groundwater this year. For the remainder of the calendar year, the City will supply its customers with a blend of approximately 90 percent State Water and 10 percent local groundwater. State Water is softer and has a lower mineral content than the local groundwater supply. The blended water hardness is anticipated to be 120 mg/L (approximately 7 grains per gallon).

    The City monitors the hardness of the water supply and updates the City’s website each month online at http://www.cityofsantamaria.org/yourwater.

    Questions may be directed to the Utilities Department, (805) 925-0951 extension 7270.

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