How to Remove Your Automatic Water Softener

Automatic water softeners use rock salt or potassium chloride. Residents that own their automatic water softener are eligible for the Automatic Water Softener Rebate Program. As part of the program, a list of licensed plumbers will be provided to remove the automatic water softener at no cost to the applicant. Most alternative unit installers will also remove your automatic water softener if you purchase or rent a unit from them.

For more information about the Automatic Water Softener Rebate Program and to get a rebate application form, please click the link below.  After your rebate application form is approved, the Sanitation District will mail you a list of plumbers that are authorized to dispose of the unit.

To remove your automatic water softener from a home less than 15 years old, please follow the five steps below.

  • STEP 1: At your local hardware store, buy a 16-inch, flexible copper pipe (equipped with fittings compatible with existing house) and pipe dope (sealant) for about $10. High-quality hose can be used in lieu of a copper pipe. Clerks at the store can advise you.
  • STEP 2: Turn off your water. Water valves are located on the outside of homes near the meter box and will be either a side-ways or wheel handle. Check to see that your water is off by turning on your garden hose or faucet. Then turn off your hose or faucet.
  • STEP 3: Unplug the automatic water softener from the electrical source. Using a wrench, unscrew the water pipes connecting the automatic water softener to the water source (which will be attached to the house). Then pull the unit from the wall.
  • STEP 4: After placing pipe dope on each end of the flexible copper pipe or high-quality hose, attach it to the ends of the pipe connected to the wall. Using a wrench, tighten the copper pipe.
  • STEP 5: Turn your water back on. If a leak occurs at the copper pipe connections to the water source, repeat steps two through five and use more pipe dope.

For more information on qualified alternative units, please click the link below.

If you have concerns on how to remove your automatic water softener, contact your local plumber.