Water Softeners


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Fleck 5600 Softener

Softeners sold here use the Fleck 5600 timer control. They are fully automatic, regenerating (renewing their ability to “soften” hard water) on a regular schedule pre-selected by the owner.

Pure Water Products does basic water testing at no charge. If you'd like, send us a sample.

Water softeners are interesting and important devices. Often they are misunderstood and oversold. Very often they are overpriced and overrated.

A water softener is one of many ion exchange devices used for water improvement, with many useful applications in water treatment. For example, it does a good job of removing moderate amounts of iron from well water if the pH of the water is low. But its most common use is the removal of the “hardness” ions calcium and magnesium that cause scale buildup in plumbing, staining of fixtures, and spotting of glassware in dishwashers. Soap does not lather well in hard water, and hot water appliances experience a heavy buildup of deposits that reduces their effectiveness and shortens their lifespan. Softeners cure those problems.

Softener Disadvantages

As with everything in our imperfect world, however, the advantages produced by softeners are accompanied by some disadvantages. Hardness minerals aren't actually removed, but “exchanged” for sodium. Softened water has an elevated sodium content which can have negative implications in terms of health, aesthetics, and environmental impact. That's why softeners are so often sold with reverse osmosis drinking water systems — the RO unit takes out the salt that the softener puts in and sends it to the drain.

  • Sodium added to waste water becomes a serious contaminant and a major recycling problem for municipal water departments. In some areas, softeners are actually banned or their use is severely regulated.

  • You'll have to buy big bags of salt, lug them around, and pour them into the softener's brine tank.

  • Many people dislike the “slick” feel of softened water.

Frankly, many people who buy softeners don't need one. Although a water softener can change water that's virtually unusable to something delightful, often people who have only moderately hard water are sold softeners (under a variety of names) by high-pressure home demonstrators who paint fearful pictures of the ill effects of untreated water and make glowing promises of money saved on soap purchases. (The soap you'll save won't pay the cost of the salt you'll buy.)

If you don't need a water softener, we urge you not to buy one. If you need one, they will turn terrible water into something good.

But if you do buy one, be aware that you don't have to pay $3,000.

We sell good, solid, basic softeners at a reasonable price. They use the old faithful Fleck 5600 control valve. It's ultra-reliable and designed to perform for many years. And it's as simple to program as the timer on your kitchen range. The other parts are all heavy duty standard industry stuff. Nothing trendy or irreplaceable. There are no hidden costs or extras, although we give a couple of options that make installation and operation easier.

Softener Systems

Fleck 5600 Timer Models. Please call (940) 382-3814 for help with sizing. (Bigger isn't always better.)

Part # bw400

7" x 44" filter, 0.5 cubic feet Softener Resin. Includes brine tank with safety shutoff, steel bypass valve and installation accessories.

$495.00
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Part # bw401

8" x 44" filter, 0.75 cubic feet Softener Resin. Includes brine tank with safety shutoff, steel bypass valve and installation accessories.

$526.00
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Part # bw402

9" x 48" filter, 1.0 cubic feet Softener Resin. Includes brine tank with safety shutoff, steel bypass valve and installation accessories.

$571.00
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Part # bw403

10" x 44" filter, 1.25 cubic feet Softener Resin. Includes brine tank with safety shutoff, steel bypass valve and installation accessories.

$599.00
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Part # bw404

10" x 54" filter, 1.50 cubic feet Softener Resin. Includes brine tank with safety shutoff, steel bypass valve and installation accessories.

$631.00
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Part # bw405

12" x 52" filter, 2.0 cubic feet Softener Resin. Includes brine tank with safety shutoff, steel bypass valve and installation accessories.

$766.00
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Additional Softener Options & Upgrades

Part # bw522

Upgrades all softeners listed above to Fleck 5600 “Econominder” Meter Model. For a softener with a meter valve that regenerates according to usage rather than time.

$91.00
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Part # bw498

Upgrades a softener to Fleck 5600 SXT Electronic Meter model. For a softener valve that regenerates according to usage and is programmed electronically.

$132.00
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Please call or email for more information. (940) 382-3814 or pwp@purewaterproducts.com


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