Water Softener Settings
Please use Potassium Chloride
For more information, call the City of Santa Barbara’s Water Resources Laboratory (805) 568-1008
How to Conserve Water and Reduce Salt Use
- Use Potassium Chloride
Do NOT use sodium chloride. Sodium causes problems during the wastewater treatment process and increases the salinity of recycled water used for irrigation.
- Water Softener Setting
19 - 21 grains/gallon. First try setting at 19 grains/gallon. If you feel the water needs to be softer then try 20 grains/gallon. When settings are too high it takes more water to wash off soaps.
- Set Cycle for Efficiency
Most water softeners are set to cycle too often, requiring more potassium chloride, water and energy.
- Replace Time Clock Controlled Water Softeners
Install a demand initiated regeneration water softener which only run while water is in use. This saves water, energy and maintenance. Retrofit DIR Controllers are available that allow easy conversion of time clock controlled models. Look for Water Sense® and Energy Star® models for replacements.
- How Do Water Softeners Work?
Last Updated: Feb 6, 2014