My town has contaminated water (e-coli and fecal matter), and we will be
without healthy water for about a week. It is now going on day
Once everything is up and running again, I understand that my water
softener machine will need to be treated as well.
I plan to call the manufacturer tomorrow, but in the meantime, does
anyone know the steps to accomplish this.
Where generally do you live? I would like to be sure not to live
there. If they just lost water presssure, then there is a slight
chance of contamination and they are being cautious. If they really
got fecal matter into the water supply, they are totally incompetent
and should be replaces asap. The reply about using bleach is pretty
much what I have heard is the correct way to clean things out.
Unfortunately, those things happen all too frequently. We had it in our
town last year and it was really not a big deal. They test the water in 7
locations every week. Two outdoor faucets showed minor contamination so
they put a ban on drinking the water for the entire town. Fact is, most
people (including our house) kept on using the water and no one ever got
sick. If you read what was tested what the readings were, etc, you'd
probably have kept on using it too. None of the indoor taps showed any
problem. Could have been a bird that crapped on the tap across town.
Ask the manufacturer if the softener has to be in by-pass, if bleach
is used. It might damage the resin. Check your bags of salt/potassium
and see if it has sanitizers in it? Perhaps adding a UV light?
You can search this site (Gary used post post here).
"Search found 14 matches: coli
I bet the same can happen in a hurricane, flooded places and all, like
Andrew or Katrina. The city elders advised to "boil" the shit out of
I'm thinking Boy Scouts, dirty water and boiling, equals potable
You younger generation kids are funny. You've probably drank so much e-
coli and fecal matter and didn't even know it. The EPA standards for
drinking water is so strick that even if you quadrupled the amount of
e-coli and fecal matter, it wouldn't hurt you anyway.
Ever drink from a stream? A water cooler? A well? A dug well? A little
e-coli is in everybody's intestines all the time anyway. So is fecal
matter. It really isn't as scary as they want you to believe.
Relax Kate. You really don't have to do anything. Everything will be
While what you say is true in a strict sense, Hank, reality is sometimes
different. Life expectancy is longer in developed countries, among
which we should count the US, even rural and inner city areas (ducking),
because of sanitation. And a water softener system is a great place to
start a culture of bad bugs (DAMHIKT). Therefore, I would certainly
follow the manufacturer's directions for sanitizing or steilizing the
equipment Kate asks about.
After I posted this question, the City did pass out flyers and they also
had a voice recording that called every household advising that we do
call the manufacturer re: water softener machines.
They also told us to dump our old ice made from the ice maker, and make
a new batch, dump that, and start over fresh.
We did have a young girl die of e-coli in the next county, but I believe
she got ill from it while in the hospital.
The water dept. adds clorine to its water all the time. That alone
will sanitize your softener as it is used. I would be more worried
about the hot water tank, because it will hold much more contaminated
water as the softener, and take much longer to flush out.
Hank <~~~doesn't sweat the small stuff
It sounds like you should have put the water softener system into
bypass as soon as you heard of the accident...
While water in the mains got contaminated, you have to be using
it in your house to draw the dirty water into your home...
Whenever you hear of big events like this taking place you should
bypass water softeners and shut off the feeds to things like
refrigerators with ice makers in them and filtered water faucets in
Because if you do that, when the "all clear" is given you can flush
out your general plumbing before you set the water softener back
to running normally and turn the ice maker and filtered faucet back
Your family is more at risk from stuff growing in your kitchen sponge
and the crusty/greasy stuff which could contain primordial life inside
your washing machine tub than from water which runs clear and
doesn't smell "funny"...
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