hard water with iron
About 20 years ago my husband put in a regular water softener that used salt. The softener broke within a couple of years even though I used salt in green bags that was supposed deal with iron too. We were told that we needed a device to take out iron first before the water reached the regular softener. Since 20 years have gone by, have there been any innovations in softeners so that just one appliance can take care of both iron and calcium? Do they make softeners that use less salt than they used 20 years ago? My back has problems so I'd rather not carry any salt or very much of it.