Water Softening

Do I Need a Water Softener?

Determining if you need a water softener is a personal preference.

The hardness or softness level of water is determined by the amount and type of minerals found in it. The water provided to the communities by Manitowoc Public Utilities (MPU) has a typical hardness level of 130 ppm, or 7.6 grains. For many consumers, the water provided meets their softness requirements.

Some consumers like to have softer water and choose to install a water softening unit. Again, it's personal preference and completely up to the individual consumer.

Important reminder: If you have a water softener and plan on not using it, remember to put the unit into bypass mode.

For additional information on water hardness, please visit the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website:

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