Since 1998, over 25 billion gallons of recycled water have been produced for irrigation in Monterey County. That¹s 25 billion gallons of water that have not been pumped out of our aquifers!
However, salt, especially from sodium chloride water softeners, is threatening this resource because it damages plants by restricting their root absorption.
If you don't own one, consider not buying a water softener. The best way to protect our groundwater is to add as few additional minerals and salts as possible. But if you already own a water softener, there are ways to lessen their environmental impact.
Water softeners are a major source of sodium in recycled water. Switching to potassium will improve the quality of recycled water so it can be used for all types of irrigation including golf courses, green belts, and athletic fields. Every gallon of recycled water used is one gallon not pumped from our precious drinking water supplies. That's good for our community and the threatened Steelhead trout.
Water softeners take the hardness (magnesium and calcium ions) out of your tap water. Small resin beads in the softener column are coated with sodium. As tap water flows over the resin beads, magnesium and calcium attach to the beads, releasing the sodium into the softened water.
When you purchase potassium instead of sodium salt, you:
|The Following Have Potassium In Stock|
|Business Type||Vendor Name||Location||Phone No.|
|Hardware Store||Ace Hardware of Marina||265 Reservation Rd., Marina||(831) 884-9476|
|Ace Hardware Prunedale||8065 San Miguel Canyon Rd., Prunedale||(831) 663-2610|
|Arrow True Value Hardware||7 Williams Rd., Salinas||(831) 422-8855|
|Forest Hill Ace Hardware||1136 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove||(831) 372-3284|
|The Home Depot||1800 N. Main St., Salinas||(831) 443-9600|
|The Home Depot||1950 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside||(831) 583-0778|
|M & S Building Supply||2456 Del Monte Blvd., Monterey||(831) 655-7750|
|Murphy Lumber||10 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley||(831) 659-2291|
|Orchard Supply & Hardware||800 Playa Ave., Sand City||(831) 899-5144|
|Orchard Supply & Hardware||1067 N. Davis Rd., Salinas||(831) 422-9652|
|Pacific Grove Hardware||229 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove||(831) 646-9144|
|Salinas Ace Hardware||1215 S. Main St., Salinas||(831) 775-0523|
|Sears||Northridge Mall, 1700 N. Main St., Salinas||(831) 443-7000|
|Grocery Stores||Albertson's Food and Drug||2000 California Ave., Sand City||(831) 393-1200|
|Nob Hill Foods||900 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey||(831) 375-8220|
|Water Conditioning||Advance Water Systems (Mtry Co. Delivery)||743 41st Ave., Santa Cruz||(831) 476-0515|
|Aqua Fresh Water Conditioning||443 E. Alisal, Salinas||(831) 769-0821|
|Aqua Terra Water Service||178 Kidder, Soledad||(831) 678-8564|
|Crystal Choice Water Softening||519 Parrot St., San Jose||(831) 384-7210 or 449-4488|
|Culligan Water Conditioning Co.||625 W. Market St., Salinas||(831) 755-0500|
|Rainsoft||407 Reservation Rd., Marina||(831) 883-1780|
|Rayne Water of Monterey||1050 Broadway Ave., Seaside||(831) 394-3351|
|Salt Unlimited (Mtry Co. Delivery)||1665 Rogers Ave., San Jose||(866) 884-7258|
|The Water Man||Broadway, King City||(831) 385-4308|
|WaterSource||1200 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville||(831) 786-8888|
|Wilson's Water Store||949 W. Alisal St., Salinas||(831) 422-5216|
|The Following Can Order Potassium|
|Ace Hardware Stores|
|True Value Hardware Stores|