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Read Our COVID-19 Update – May 2020

As of the 1st May 2021, our team are Lateral Flow testing for the symptoms of COVID twice a week, in order to keep our staff, customers and families safe.

Our team continues to follow all strict social distancing guidelines, including sanitising and now the wearing of masks in customer homes where customers are present and this is appropriate.

If we are working within your home, such as changing a filter or servicing a softener, or installing a new softener, we would ask that the area we are working be well ventilated.

The company policy is that we will sanitise our hands on arrival at your home, and on departure too. If we touch surfaces within your home, we will inform you which surfaces we have touched, and we will sanitise those surfaces too with a light bleach solution before we leave.

Our salt was manufactured and stored on pallets more than 30 days ago, and will only have been touched by the member of our team who delivers it, and their hands will be sanitised. We will deliver your salt to your home, and if safe to do so, will leave it in your desired location. If you would prefer your salt to be left outside your home, then we will ascertain beforehand where your preferred safe point is.

Lastly, we will confirm with you that no one in your home is experiencing symptoms or self isolating when booking the appointment to come and see you, plus when confirming the appointment the day before, Daniel will also confirm that no one in your home is self isolating or experiencing symptoms at that time too.

As a final precaution, when we are on our way to your home, the individual coming (Laurence, Alex, Paul or Pete) will also call you to confirm that not only are we experiencing no symptoms, but to ascertain that no circumstances in your own home has changed either.

We remain committed to the safety of our clients, and together we will get through this safely.

Any questions, please call Laurence on 07976 036101 or email the team on hello@hydroworks.co.uk

How much salt will my softener use?

Before reading this article, you may first want to read our introduction to the types and grades of salt available: Which salt is best for my water softener? 

How much salt your softener will use will typically depend on the following factors:

1. The type of softener you have

SINGLE-CYLINDER WATER SOFTENERS

There are two types of single-cylinder softeners in the market place:

Traditional softeners – These are the older technology machines and are also typically at the lower end of the quality spectrum. Traditional softeners use a lot more salt and water per regeneration, so they are not particularly efficient.

High-efficiency softeners – There are two manufacturers who produce single-cylinder softeners that are so cleverly designed that not only are they efficient but they are also very well made. They are the EcoWater, and the Hague.

The Hague does, however, in our view, win the Gold Award for efficiency as it uses less salt and less water and regenerates in a fraction of the amount of time to the EcoWater, and even delivers a superior quality of softened water compared to the EcoWater. That’s a Win:Win:Win and Win for the customer! It also doesn’t need annual servicing, unlike the EcoWater – so that in itself is a further saving of over £120 a year on top of the salt and water savings.

Let’s look at what you might expect your typical usage to be, depending on the softener you have or choose to have:

Traditional softeners

In most cases, a traditional single-cylinder water softener will use the most salt, but this can depend on the make and model you have installed.

This guide shows how much a traditional single-cylinder softener may use over a year, based on average water usage:

  • With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 6–8 x 25kg bags* of salt a year. This might be a running cost between £54–£89 a year.
  • With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 10–12 x 25kg bags* of salt a year. This might be a running cost between £83–£100 a year.
  • With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 16–18 x 25kg bags* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of between £144–£150 a year.
EcoWater softeners

Using advanced algorithms, the EcoWater softener proportionally brines in a way that only one other manufacturer does, down to very small segments of the resin capacity, which means it only cleans the resin it needs to clean, using incredibly low volumes of salt and water.

This guide shows how much an EcoWater single-cylinder softener may use over a year, based on average water usage:

  • With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 4 x 25kg bags* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £36–£36 a year.
  • With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 6 x 25kg bags* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £50 a year.
  • With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 8 x 25kg bags* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £72 a year.
Hague softeners

The Hague water softeners proportionally brine in the most advanced way and use the lowest amount of salt and water of all single-cylinder softeners. Their softeners also regenerate extremely quickly and produce a very high quality of softened water.

This guide shows how much a Hague single-cylinder softener may use over a year, based on average water usage:

  • With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 2 x 25kg bags* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £18 a year.
  • With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 4 x 25kg bags* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £36 a year.
  • With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 6 x 25kg bags* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £50 a year.

TWIN-CYLINDER WATER SOFTENERS

Twin-cylinder non-electric softeners work on water pressure rather than motors and time clocks, and because their cylinders are smaller, they regenerate more frequently than single-cylinder softeners.

However, the frequency they regenerate is based directly on the amount of water you use rather than time clock overrides, so they tend to be more efficient compared to traditional softeners.

The amount of salt they use is dependent on your local water hardness and the settings of the machine.

There are two main manufacturers of non-electric block salt softeners - Kinetico (American), and Harveys (British). The Kinetico softener is manufactured for the American market so has an extra backwash to help cope with dirtier water found in the USA, so this will use slightly more salt and water.

Both Kinetico and Harveys also manufacture a budget model, which is also listed below:

Kinetico Aqua Blue softeners

The AquaBlu twin cylinder softener by Kinetico is a budget model softener and is pretty hefty on salt usage.

This guide shows how much an AquaBlu softener may use over a year, based on average water usage:

  • With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 19 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £97 a year.
  • With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 38 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £190 a year.
  • With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 57 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £284 a year.
Harveys Crown softeners

The Harvey’s Crown twin cylinder softener is the original block salt softener and is the Harvey entry level softener with a lower flow rate (40lpm) and higher salt usage compared to their premium brand models.

This guide shows how much an AquaBlu softener may use over a year, based on average water usage:

  • With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 15 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £75 a year.
  • With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 30 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £150 a year.
  • With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 43 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £215 a year.
Kinetico Premier softeners

The Premier Compact twin cylinder softener by Kinetico is a premium model softener and has its best salt usage.

This guide shows how much a Premier Compact softener may use over a year, based on average water usage:

  • With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 15 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £75 a year.
  • With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 30 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £150 a year.
  • With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 43 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £215 a year.
Harveys Minimax M3, TwinTec S4 and Harveys HV3 softeners

This guide shows how much a Premier Compact softener may use over a year, based on average water usage:

  • With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 12 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £62 a year, or just £5.20 a month.
  • With 3 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 18 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £92 a year, or just £7.70 a month.
  • With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 24 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £120 a year, or just £10.00 a month.
  • With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 36 x 8kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £180 a year, or just £15.00 a month.
Harveys Minimax Innova, TwinTec Cobalt (S5) and Harveys Arc

The Harvey’s 5th generation softeners operate on smaller curved block salt which is packed as 2 x 2.15kg salt blocks = 4.3kg per pack, which should cost no more than:

  • With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 22 x 4.3kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £61 a year, or just £5.08 a month.
  • With 3 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 33 x 4.3kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £89 a year, or just £7.42 a month.
  • With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 44 x 4.3kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £118 a year, or just £9.85 a month.
  • With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 66 x 4.3kg packs* of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £177 a year, or just £14.75 a month.

* All salt usage has been rounded up to the next full bag.

2. The make and model of your softener

The reality of it is that your salt and water efficiency will depend very much on the manufacturer, and model of the softener you purchase.

Some block salt softener models will use more than other block salt softeners, even if they were made by the same company.

The same applies to single-cylinder machines which frequently not only use more salt and water in regeneration but also have overrides built into their programming.

This override feature helps the softeners to give a better quality of softened water by regenerating a water softener more frequently than it needs to.

3. The amount of water you use

The amount of water you use will depend on several factors, including how many people are in your home, the type of showers you have, and the length of time you may enjoy spending in the shower.​

In addition to this, older appliances tend to use more water too.

4. The make and model of your softener

The harder your water area, the more frequently your softener will regenerate, and thus the more salt and water you will use.

It is important when having a water softener fitted that the right model is selected, or you may find that not only are your running costs higher than is necessary, but you may also find that you end up with hard water staining being left behind on taps, shower screens and sinks.

But it goes further than this, some softeners use more water and salt on a regeneration than stipulated as a maximum by building regulations.