A water softener is a mechanical device used to convert hard water (water having mineral impurities like calcium and magnesium) into soft water. Even though the consumption of hard water is considered safe, the high proportion of mineral impurities present in the hard water react with pipes, water-heaters and cooking appliances; clogging them and damaging them over a period of time. Hard water also reacts with the chemicals present in soap and washing powder, making it hard to actually clean dishes. Resultantly hard water makes daily human activities like bathing and washing clothes, more tedious and time consuming.
Most modern water softeners soften water by replacing the mineral impurities present in the hard water with softener salt, potassium or even hydrogen; using the concept of “Ion Exchange”. Most of these share common nearly identical water softener parts comprising mainly of a resin bed, a brine tank and a central processing unit.
The American water softener market is crowded with a large number of manufacturers offering various water softener solutions suited to both residential and industrial use.
The Morton Salt Company is a recent entrant to the crowded water softener market. The company was established in 1889 by Joy Morton and was largely involved in the production of common salt. In 1951, the company expanded into the water-softening market by introducing a line of water softener salts called “Morton Salt Pellets”. The product often also called water softener pellets, was meant to replenish the softening salts in a water softener, proved to be very popular. In 2002, the company directly entered the water-softener segment by introducing its own line of softeners aptly called Morton “System Saver”.
Since their recent debut in the American market, Morton water softeners have gained immense popularity. This is mainly due to Morton’s patented “Look Ahead” technology which has revolutionized residential water softening.
The above mentioned technology works by acting as a behavior prediction system; it basically collects and analyzes data on water usage in the household where the system is employed. It then uses this information to determine the approximate amount of softened water and the time at which it is required on a daily basis. This leads to less use of softening salts and electricity, thereby making Morton water softening systems significantly cheaper than the competition.
Morton water softeners are designed to fulfill the needs of an entire household; the process of regeneration (replenishing diminished softening salts) is also carried out very efficiently, as the amount of salt used is strictly based on daily consumption of soft water. Though the whole process is automated, a manual override function is present in every model.
The Morton water softener line consists of four different models, designed to satisfy the complete spectrum of water softening needs. They are detailed below.
Morton Water Softener models
1. MSD30D: It is ideal for large households as it is designed to soften a large quantity of very hard water. It has a capacity to remove 30000 grains of mineral impurities per gallon of water.
2. MSD34C: It has the largest grain removal capacity (34000 grains per gallon of water) among all models of Morton water softeners. It manages to efficiently soften a large quantity of hard water in spite of having a sleek light design. It is recommended for large houses and small manufacturing units.
3. MSD27B: It is a medium capacity water softener with a softening capacity of 27000 grains per gallon of water. It is ideal for detached houses and large condos.
4. MSS20B: It is a low capacity water softener with average softening capacity (22000 grains per gallon), it is also among the cheapest and most efficient water softeners ideally meant for apartments and smaller homes.
Each of the above Morton water softener models come in a very sleek and attractive design and take up very little space. They are available across America and Canada and are considered value for money.