water softener waste

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by 1idejim, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,358

    right off the bat i'm telling you guys that i'm only guilty of telling my friend to install a check valve in this system......

    my buddy carl has incorporated the waste water from their water softener for his drip system (trees only)

    the softener flushes about 100 gals. in 24 hrs., he has about 15 trees on 1 valve, the softener t's in just above the last 5 trees.

    he didn't compensate for this additional water at the clock.

    he's had mixed results with the tree growth, but he also hardpan issues along with a 20' elevation change in about 500lf.

    his idea is fine, i like the concept and i haven't seen the place in 18mos so i'm not up to speed. he just told me that some of the trees we not doing well and asked me to swing by when i get a chance.

    can you suggest anything i should look for?

    i'm asking for opinions
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,764

    check the blinker fluid
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,174

    Check the dimwit valve, it prolly is plugged up with crap from not using a proper self-flushing filter and using incorrect dishwashing soap + not cleaning the sink drainers. Water softeners are deadly for any living thing. :hammerhead:
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009
  4. Inspired

    Inspired LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    Look for salt burn? I don't have any experience with water softeners, so I'm just guessing.
  5. American Irrig. Repair

    American Irrig. Repair LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Please tell me this thread is a joke.
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,174

    I sure as hell hope so. :dizzy:
  7. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,957

    Hard water tasting apples.. Yummm
  8. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    There are a lot of alternatives to "salt based" water softners. I see them a lot. They require about 80-100 gallons of flushing per day.
  9. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I wonder if the OP is talking about a reverse osmosis system, not a water softener? I can't see that salt water would be too good for anything... R/O filters definately produce a lot of waste water, and some of the more wealthy have large systems to treat all the water used in ther home... That would make for a lot of waste water that could be used in the landscape...
  10. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,358

    sorry guys, it is not salt and is located at the well.

    it is an r/o system

    there is no taste or contamination to the water from the information that has been relayed to me and the manufacture told carl that the waste was potable water.

    i'm wondering if the problems he's having would be due to over watering the trees, since he hasn't compensated for the extra 100 gal a day in his system?

    i fessed my guilt right up front

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