Water Softeners


The City of Kimberly's drinking water supply is generally hard so water softeners may be benificial. Using one is a matter of personal preference.

Using Water Softeners

Consider the following when deciding to use a water softener:

  • Water softeners replace calcium and magnesium with sodium or potassium
  • People on special diets may want to consult their doctor before installing a water softener

If you already have a water softener, continue to use it or remove the softener from the plumbing in your house. An unused softener can grow bacteria and may contaminate the water in your home.

Water Hardness Measurements Chart

ppm mg/L
Softness of the Water
0-10-17.1Very Soft
1-3.517.1 - 60
Slightly Hard
3.5 10/23/2009 - 07.060 - 120Medium Hard
7.0 - 10.5120 - 180Hard
> 10.50> 180Very Hard

NOTE: 1 German degree of hardness dH = 17.5 ppm. For fish tanks, 200-300 ppm is considered "hard", 300-500 ppm "very hard" and over 500 ppm "extremely hard" water.