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The Bosworth Company in Kerrville offers a variety of solutions to treat hard water. Two of the most popular solutions that we offer are water softeners and reverse osmosis systems. Though they produce similar results, there are differences between these two systems that make having each valuable. In this post, we’ll explore the differences to see which water treatment option is right for you.


Reverse osmosis purifies your water, while water softeners soften your water. The R.O. process is basically an advanced filter. By running your water through a semipermeable membrane, reverse osmosis systems filter out contaminants and minerals.  R.O. systems are typically installed for single-faucet use, most often underneath the kitchen sink. Reverse osmosis is mainly for improving the taste and cleanliness of water used for drinking and cooking. 


So if reverse osmosis takes the bad stuff out of your water, water softeners put the good stuff in. Water softeners actually add negatively-charged ions to the water. The ions attach themselves to the sodiums and potassiums that make the water hard. The ions breakdown the deposits, minimizing the effect they have on your water. Water softeners are usually installed on your water tank, so they will soften water throughout your home.


As you can see, R.O. and water softening systems are slightly different. The good news is that you can use both together to maximize the water quality in your home. Treating the water with a softener before it even gets to your reverse osmosis system will make the R.O. filters last even longer. Using both systems will provide the best-tasting water for drinking while also providing soft water for bathing. This is also good for your pipes, faucets, and water-based appliances.


Lucky for you, The Bosworth Company has state-of-the-art water treatment options for both reverse osmosis and water softening. Schedule an appointment online or call us at 830-428-2764. Worth The Call. Always.