Originally Posted by sdreloc
I'm am going to be shopping for a ground floor condo built in the last 5 years in Las Vegas and I read Las Vegas has poor water that is best if softened and filtered.
I want softening for the washing machine, shower and dishwasher and filtration to remove the softener sodium as well as all the regular contaminants from a kitchen water spigot (and to the water line for the refrigerator).
So, do condos generally have space and access to install a water softener that will simultaneously treat all incoming water (hot and cold)? When I'm touring condos, where should I look in the unit to verify this?
In general, YES. Look for the water meter or the whole house shut off valve--often found near the water heater. However, Las Vegas is infamous for water quality, so builders normally put in a water treatment system loop for easy connection...may even include a by pass.
To determine if the valve shuts off all the water, shut the valve and then attempt to run water at all faucets and outside taps.
Filtering out the chlorine (before the softener) may be recommended for a number of good reasons.
An RO will remove sodium for drinking water purposes and can be (with some limitations) connected to the fridge. There are a few ROs that can connect to fridge without loss of pressure. Ice makers now have shut off solenoids that prevent many ROs from filling traysf ast enough.
Andy Christensen, CWS-II