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Are Water Softeners Legal in Texas?

Are Water Softeners Legal in Texas?If you have a hard water problem at your Central Texas home, you should be in the market for a first-class water softener system. But are water softeners legal in Texas? There are some states that outlaw the use of water softeners, while others have specific regulations to follow if you use them.

Simply put, yes, water softeners are legal in Texas. But there’s more to it than that, so read on to get the information you need before you have a system installed at your home.

What Water Softener Regulations Exist Under Texas Law?

Some states in the U.S. prohibit the use of water softener systems because of the impact they can have on agriculture. Texas lawmakers initially issued a statewide ban on water softeners in 2001 before amending the law in 2003. Nowadays, water softeners are legal in Texas—under certain conditions. Texas’ Health and Safety Code states that homeowners and business owners can install or use water softeners that discharge water into an on-site sewage disposal only if:

  • By design, the system conserves water
  • The system regenerates using a demand-initiated regeneration (DIR) control device
  • The system is clearly labeled as being equipped with a DIR device

The code also states that installations of point-of-use reverse osmosis systems are permitted, plus it allows for the use of point-of-entry reverse osmosis systems if the calculated volume of discharged water doesn’t cause hydraulic overloading or has been adequately addressed in the design of the on-site sewage disposal system.

Partner With the Experts for Your Water Softener Installation

The good news is, you don’t have to worry about any of the confusing language in the state’s health and safety codes when you partner with Sweetwater Home Services for a water softener installation at your Central Texas home. You can be sure that the industry-leading systems we install meet all guidelines and regulations. In fact, we possess Class 3 certifications from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ).

To learn more about investing in a water softener system for your home in Central Texas, contact Sweetwater Home Services today.

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