Frequently Asked Questions

Water Economics

Water Economics

How expensive are water treatment systems?

A whole home water treatment system will pay for itself in many ways. Treated water helps your water heater run more efficiently, reducing energy bills.

Treated water is easier on your pipes, plumbing fixtures and your water-related appliances resulting in fewer repairs and related costs.

Additionally, treated water requires less detergent to wash clothes and dishes. It also saves on the amount of shampoo and conditioners you use.

Also, a drinking water system is much more economical than purchasing bottled water for your home.

Is filtered water less expensive than bottled?

What about those bottles of water that so many people have become attached to? First, they’re expensive — sometimes costing more than $1.00 per liter, which translates into 800 to 4800 times the cost of tap water. Second, they’re cumbersome to tote, and you have to go to the store to purchase them. Third, all of those plastic containers must be recycled, or they’ll crowd landfills. And finally, depending on the source of the bottled water, it may be nothing more than filtered municipal water. In fact, contrary to the popular image of remote Alpine meadows and unspoiled streams, bottled-water sources are often near metropolitan areas.

Also of interest is the fact that Federal standards for bottled water are no stricter than standards for tap water. That means that federal regulations only require bottlers to test for a handful of the hundreds of known chemical contaminants. In-home drinking water systems, which have also boomed in popularity in recent years, deliver the same benefits and more, without the inconvenience. And best of all, they’re actually less expensive than bottled water with a Kinetico VX Plus Deluxe delivering better than bottled water for as little as 7 cents a liter.

I have heard that treated water can actually improve the performance of my water-related appliances. Is this true?

Did you know that your hot water tank is the second largest energy user in your home? That’s right! Only your heating and air-conditioning system uses more. Hard water scale can coat the inside of a water heater and drastically reduce its heating efficiency. Greater fuel consumption and higher utility bills are a result when the appliance has to heat water through a layer of rock. According to a study commissioned by the Water Quality Research Council and conducted at New Mexico State University, water heaters work 22-30 percent less efficiently with hard water, driving up utility bills unnecessarily. With soft water, you’ll not only protect your hot water tank and make it last longer, but you’ll also save money on your energy bill.

How much electricity does it take to operate a Kinetico whole home water treatment system?

Kinetico’s whole home water treatment system provides non-electric operation. There’s nothing to plug in, no buttons to push, timers to set and reset or adjustments to make. There won’t be an increase in your electric bill. And you won’t have any problems with power outages or surges. Best of all, there are no expensive electrical components to repair or replace.