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If you are unable to dispose of your water softener backwash through regular drainage you might be looking at other options for reusing water softener backwash.
Water softener backwash has a big impact on any environment. Because of the high salt concentrations within the brine, it can severely damage any water or soil's ecosystem. It is therefore important to handle the disposal of any backwash with care before the whole world looks like Death Valley. Please consider the following options when deciding on how to reuse your water softener discharge.
Uses For Water Softener Discharge
Watering salt-tolerant plants - This might sound easier than it is, just like any other life form, plants and salt water generally don't combine. That's why we have these beautiful salt water beaches everywhere which are void of any life. However, if taking the proper precautions the backwash from your water softener could be used for watering vegitation.
Killing weeds - As mentioned above vegetation and salt water are not a great combo. That however makes it perfect if you want to get rid of some. In a concentrated form water softener backwash is a perfect weed killer on for example your driveway or patio deck.
Deicing - Salt water has a lower freezing point then water without salt. Therefore up to certain temperatures, it can be used to deice your driveway during the winter season.
Generally, the salt concentration within the backwash is simply too high for your lawn to stay nice and green. However, the solution to pollution is dilution.
Salt mushing and bridging can wreak havoc on your water softener system, severely reducing performance or even damaging it.
When storing water softener salt it is important to keep out any contaminants, here are some top tips to keep in mind when storing your salt to avoid any issues.
Potassium is a great substitute for sodium in your water softener system. However, despite the big benefits, the cost may not be worth it.
Due to local laws and the environmental impact, draining your water softener backwash straight into the ground is not always a viable option.
Without any salt, your water softener will no longer be able to soften water. Unless your water is iron-rich this should not have any permanent consequences.