The LACSD and Culligan Water Conditioning of Orange County have partnered to remove about 1,000 units by mid-2009. There is a problem with chlorides (salt) in local rivers and water softeners are a top source. Money quote:
“As we work toward ridding our Valley of automatic water softeners it becomes clear that partnerships such as the Culligan agreement… in addition to the good stewardship by our residents, is vital in removing salt from the Santa Clara River,” remarked Mayor Bob Kellar, Santa Clarita.
The region needs to meet certain chloride levels set by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board or a brand new advanced wastewater treatment facility will need to be constructed.