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Nuvo water softeners: scam or legit???

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by daniel, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. daniel

    daniel Active Member

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    Does anybody know anything about Nuvo water softeners? They claim to soften water by using chelation. Not a filter or an ion-exchange system. The thing injects citric acid and corn starch (or a chemical made from them?) into the water, which supposedly binds the minerals that cause hardness in water. The minerals are not removed, but are prevented from precipitating onto the plumbing. Thus the water is softened without adding salt. The cartridges are replaced twice a year or so, every X number of gallons, depending on the size of the softener and cartridge. The softeners come in three sizes, and there are several sizes of cartridges, depending on the size of your house and the number of people, which is to say how much water you use.

    It sounds plausible. Chelation is a real chemical process, though the word is used in some medical scams. So, does anybody actually know whether this company and its softeners are on the level?
     
  2. dmckinstry

    dmckinstry Model S - U.S. P - #1649

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    I have no idea how effective it is Daniel, but it's also going to depend on how hard your water is. The water in this area isn't especially hard.

    In the Desert Hot Springs, the water is so hard you can't even use drip irrigation for more than a month or two before the holes in the lines are plugged up.
     
  3. daniel

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    My water is not terribly hard. I haven't even been using a softener for the past year or two, since I don't like showering in the salty water. But I'm wondering if this is a scam, or legitimate.
     
  4. ElSupreme

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    I don't know but industry uses lime coagulation to treat water, I don't know about citric acid and corn starch. You can also look at home RO (reverse osmosis) units.
     
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    RO is typically for drinking water. Water softeners are to protect the plumbing. The former is installed on one dedicated drinking-water faucet. The latter is installed on the pipe that brings water into the house. Instead of RO my low-tech solution to drinking water is a Brita pitcher filter. On the assumption that Spokane water is safe, all I need is to take out the bad taste, and the filter does that.
     

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