I am preparing to fill a new 18,000 gallon pool with well water. If I bypass the water softener, I can fill it in about 12 hours. The calcium level in the water is acceptable (for pools), but there is also iron and sulfer in it. The water feels very hard when not running through the water softener. I am trying to decide between filling the pool with hard water, or filling the pool much more slowly with softened water. The advantage of using softened water is I won't have to fight with any iron (or sulfer) in the water, and I can add exactly the amount of hardness I want. The disadvantage is that I will need to re-add the hardness that would then be missing. Based on this information, I have two questions.
1.) Will softening the water, and then re-adding the necessary hardness feel less hard than the unsoftened water does?
2.) Is it worth it to soften the water and re-add the hardness for the sake of removing the iron and sulfer from the water?