South of Lake Erie, somewhere in Ohio, an older couple built their new home. As usual in the midwest, a well was drilled to supply the house with water. In addition to the drinking water supply, a small orchard will also be irrigated with this well water. The drilling went well, a lot of clean looking water. The water contained mostly calcium and magnesium and a few other mineral, but no bad smell.
The bad surprise, the well water has a hardness of unbelieveable 128 grains, which is more than 2200 ppm. All the more surprising, the people in this area are used to getting hard water, but by far not to this extent.
What to do with the hard water
The obvious choice is a water softener, all the friends and neighbourgs told. And so the couple asked around, what kind of water softener they would need and what would be the cost of this ion exchange. Most of the local traders waved after hearing how hard the water really was. Only two manufacturers of water softeners operating nationwide submitted an offer.
Their solution a back to back installation of two water softeners. A extremly high consumption of regeneration salt. And on top no guarantee, if it will work in the end. The cost for this two water softeners more then 10,000 USD.
Hard water softener – the Merus solution
We met the drilling company a few days after they had drilled the well. The owner was very unhappy with the result of his drilling. He’s never hit such hard water before. He did not know which kind of hard water treatment to use, to turn this very hard water into softer water. Which also could be used without hesitation as drinking water. But also wouldnt harm the water system, with the pipes and water heaters and other appliance.
The owner of the drilling company asked, if Merus would be able to soften the water enough, so it can be used and would be endurable. He was very sceptical whether such small rings could do what the water softener could not do without further ado. But desparate situation asking for desparate solutions. He called his customer and half an hour later, we had an appointment.
How Merus managed
Also the lady of the house was full of doubt and sceptic, but finally she let us in. We installed just 3 Merus Rings as water treatment, for the whole house and the garden. One at the pipe after the pump at the well and one each at the blue cold water line and the red hot water line.
Merus rings change the solubility of all soluble substances in water. This means that the calcium and magnesium, responsible for hardness, remain dissolved in the water, instead of forming hard lime. Merus rings also noticeably change the surface tension. This means that the previously hard water now feels softer. The Merus ring is therefore more of a water conditioner than a water softener. Even if the result in both cases is softened water. The measurable hardness has not changed. Since the hardness measurement only takes into account the chemistry of the water, which is not changed by Merus. The ring only changes the physical behaviour of the water.
Direct after the installation we went in the kitchen, to wash our hands. The soap lathers almost normal, we didnt think about. The housewife looked totally surprised, but said nothing.
We didn’t ask for money right after the installation. Until then, we only dealt with such hard water in industrial applications. And we weren’t sure whether it would work the same in a private household, if the water didn’t flow all the time.
We agreed that people should look at the new situation for a few weeks. Then they can judge for themselves how stable the water softening is. Or if there’s any other interference for instance at the water heater or other appliance. Only if everything is ok, we write the bill.
A few hours later, we were sitting in front of a beer, the lady called. She was happy.
She took a bath after we left and it has been as it should. The shampoo foams, the soap lathers, the soft water felt perfect on her skin. Further she told, she saw the lathering soap, before when we washed our hands in her kitchen. But she thought this must be some kind of trick and tested it herself.