MH board considers water softener rule
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
May 25, 2014 | 5440 views | 4 4 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Residents looking to install water softeners in their homes may soon need community permission to do so.

Mountain House Community Services District board members discussed a proposal to require a type of softener that is deemed better for the environment at the regular meeting May 14.

According to a staff report, water softeners use salts to attract metals and other minerals out of the water. Periodically, the salts need to be changed, and when they are flushed into sewers, salinity levels rise in the district’s waste water.

The proposed regulation calls for units that are picked up by water companies and flushed somewhere else, called off-site regeneration.

Mountain House Community Development Manager Morgan Groover estimated to the board that an average household of three people discharges 258 gallons of sewage per day, so the 4,000 homes in Mountain House would collectively produce 960 pounds of salts per day.

Groover said that restricting water softeners has become a best practice among cities. He referred to a similar rule in Discovery Bay.

If the board passed the ordinance, any new water softener would require a permit from the district before installation to show that it was an off-site regeneration unit.

Existing softeners would be exempt but could only be replaced with off-site regeneration units.

Homeowners found to have installed a standard water softener instead of an off-site regeneration unit would get a warning, Groover said, followed by a $100 fine if they failed to comply within 30 days.

The board is expected to vote on the proposed ordinance after a second reading at an upcoming board meeting.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at or 830-4225.

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May 27, 2014
Another "green" idea they should consider, is giving buyers of new homes the OPTION of having their grey water (tubs, showers and washers) plumbed into a tank for irrigation. Many builders in other States are implementing this to save precious water. (it would pay for itself in the water bills)
May 26, 2014
I suggest the CSD vote against this, They & Morgan Groover need to get out of everyone's yards. looks like someone is either looking for attention or has a vested interest in " a type of softener that is deemed better for the environment "
May 25, 2014
Between the HOAs and inane rules like this I am very glad I don't live in MH. A homeowner should not need anyone's permission to install a standard appliance in their own home. An outsider seeing a rule like this would assume the folks there are living in a totalitarian state. I wonder just how much those water companies that come and pick up the units slid under the table to get this one enacted. They are no doubt going to make quite a bit off of off it.
May 25, 2014
MH is full of rules, regulations and selective enforcement...I see this as just another straw in the sack on the camels back.

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