Santa Maria - North County

Santa Maria residents asked to reduce usage of water softeners

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Santa Maria residents are being asked by the city to cut down on the amount of water softeners used through the end of the year.

City officials say the city will begin delivering better-quality municipal water with a lower mineral content. 

Using water softeners in addition to this new municipal water could be damaging to pipes and fixtures. 

The use of water softeners saves money and reduces the amount of salts discharged into the local groundwater basin, the city said in a press release.

Due to the rainy season and Sierra snowpack, the city will be delivering more state water than local groundwater through the remainder of the year. State water is softer and has a lower mineral content. The water will comprise of 90 percent state water and 10 percent local groundwater. 

The city monitors the hardness of the water supply and updates their website every month. You can find that information here.

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