If you have manganese or hard water, a water softener may be needed. Often times, manganese and iron will appear together in well water, so it is best to have an evaluation so the appropriate system is installed.
A softener system consists of a mineral tank containing resin, a brine tank containing salt, and a control head. A softener works through a chemical process called ion exchange. The hardness (or manganese, etc.) attaches to the ions and are removed from your water. Eventually the resin becomes saturated and needs to be regenerated (or backwashed). The control head on the softener is set to automatically backwash the filter every few days to clean out the resin inside the tank. The level of hardness (or other items found in your water) and daily usage of water will determine how often the system should regenerate or clean itself.
The resin will last for several years without needing to be replaced, but the brine tank must be filled with salt on a regular basis. Typically, one bag per month is needed and several bags may be added to last you for several months (for example, you may add 4 bags of salt every 4 months). We recommend using the green bags of softening salt that contain rust remover; 40lb. bags can be purchased at most hardware or home supply stores or 50lb. bags may be purchased at the office.
If there is a power outage, or after daylight savings, you will need to reset the timer on the control head. This is important to reset because you don’t want to unknowingly use water during a backwash cycle. For instructions on resetting the timer, please follow this link: Resetting the Backwash Cycle