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Automatic Water Softeners in the Santa Clarita Valley
Automatic water softeners—the kind that use rock salt or potassium chloride pellets—are banned in the Santa Clarita Valley. Automatic water softeners discharge a salty waste into the sewer system that is treated by a process that does not remove salt; therefore, the salty waste is released into the Santa Clara River. Too much salt in the river may harm downstream agricultural crops.
The Sanitation District's goal is to reduce salt in an environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and timely manner, in order to comply with the state’s legal limit for chloride discharged to the river. Measure S, approved by voters on November 4, 2008, enacted the Santa Clara River Chloride Reduction Ordinance of 2008. The Santa Clara River Chloride Reduction Ordinance of 2008 required the removal of all residential automatic water softeners by June 30, 2009. These efforts have resulted in the removal of over 8,000 salt discharging automatic water softeners and significant reductions in chloride levels.
The Sanitation District is conducting home inspections to remove the remaining automatic water softeners in the community. Residents that still have automatic water softeners should click the link below and apply for a rebate or remove their unit immediately.