Would a water softener help?

Aqua Woman

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Jul 31, 2019
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Lake Charles, LA
My source water (city water) has a CH of 175, and although I don't add water every week, I do add it about every 3rd week, about 1500-2000 gallons. My CH is running high, 875-900, so I find myself adding acid every other day to keep pH and TA lower(CSI is rarely in a good place). Since my pool is covered and gets no rain water, should I get a water softener to remove the calcium from the water that I add to the pool? I am worried about getting scale on my heater and SWG. Thanks.
 

mknauss

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Using softened water is a method. There a number of threads in the forum about those that do that.

Or you would just need to do a larger exchange to push your CH lower.

If you use softened water, realize it does nothing to TA in the water. So you will still need to add acid to manage pH.
 

Aqua Woman

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Jul 31, 2019
13
Lake Charles, LA
Thanks again, mknauss. The TA is a weird thing. I test my source water when I refill and sometimes it's below 100, yet this last time it was 300. Not sure what the city folks are doing. I'll read more about the softener idea.