Yes, a water softener can remove chlorine, but the process must be done in the right way to accomplish this.
When talking with Clear Water Concepts, a water softener is meant to solve the problems of hard water. Hard water is water that is rich in minerals such as manganese, magnesium carbonate, and calcium. The problems related to hard water may include; shampoo and soap failing to lather, spots on dishes, coffee maker has a scale deposit among others.
Chlorine occurs as a gas naturally. In the disinfection of water, it is used as sodium hypochlorite also known as bleach. Sodium hypochlorite releases chlorine in water slowly. Chlorine protects water from contamination by bacteria as it travels through the water distribution system. The chlorine in the water will kill bacteria and other organisms in water since it is a powerful oxidizer.
Consumption of chlorine has been recognized to be undesirable. It has been said to be
dangerous. Consuming chlorine and chlorine products have been related to cause cancer including bladder cancer. The aggressive nature of chlorine oxidizing character makes it hard on the skin, eyes, and hair. Many homeowners nowp understand the risk of chlorine and want to remove it from their home’s water supply.
The Use of Granular Activated Carbon (GAC)
In many stores and over the internet you will find water softener vendors selling softeners that will remove chlorine. In most cases, these systems are built as regular softener with little quantity of granular activated carbon (GAC) put to the softener resin bed. The methodology of water treatment using carbon filters has been a proven option to remove chlorine from water. The resin mixes with granular activated carbon, and it will remove chlorine from water that will pass through for some period. The problem with this system is that the granular activated carbon stops removing chlorine after a period of 2 or 3 years. The water softener resin will stay good for a longer period of 8-10 years. Softener resin on its own cannot remove chlorine. When replacing granular activated carbon, you will also need to replace the softener resin. This makes the system costly and very inefficient.
There is an efficient and effective way to use a softener as a system to remove chlorine from the home water. The system uses KDF-55 which is very powerful chlorine removing media. KDF-55 is a granular system that will remove even more chlorine than the same amount of granular activated carbon. The
KDF-55 media is placed in a media guard when used in a softener. The media guard is a fitted basket that is well placed in the foot of the valve of the water softener. When water goes in the
softening- tank, it will be passing through this fitted basket whereby the KDF-55 media removes
all the chlorine. The water will then push down through the softening resin where water hardness minerals are removed.
A Properly Equipped Water Softener Can Remove Chlorine
Chlorine free water is also good for the softeners. Special plastic is what makes water softening
resin. Chlorine does not affect any plastic in a negative way. Water softener resin exposed to water with
chlorine usually lasts for ten years. For that which is used on de-chlorinated water, it will last for at least 15 years. Since the water goes in the softener is passed through the KDF-55 first, the softener resin is
protected and will last at least five years longer. So, do water softeners remove chlorine? Yes, when the water softener is correctly equipped with a GAC filter.