Water softeners are expected to soon be banned in California, according to the Water Quality Association (WQA).
The bill will not only costs homeowners sums of money, WQA said, but will also have the potential to drive up illegal water softener sales and installation that do not have greener softening technologies currently being offered by the water treatment industry.
"The benefits of water softener should also be considered," says Peter Censky, executive director of the Water Quality Association.
"Water heaters can require up to 30 percent more power to operate with hard water. Large appliances wear out faster when forced to operate with hard water. Clothing and household linens are harmed by hard water. The minerals in hard water act as an abrasive on clothing, causing fibers to break. Hard water can cut the life of clothing by as much as one third and linens can wear out twice the normal rate, depending on how hard the water is."