water softener vs environment
Seeing increasing questioning of whether or not residential water softeners should be banned because of environmental concerns. Issue seems to be the discarded salt.
I have used salt-based softeners for decades. Certainly that salt-water used for recharge is discarded. On the other hand, my discarded detergent residue from every source is reduced by a factor of at least 4x. And all my appliances last longer and my pipes stay clear and my outlets don't get caked up and need replacing.
So....what's the net/net balance environmentally? More detergent plus more-frequent discard of appliances vs. too much discarded salt? Never seen an analysis or report.