This district in California was warned that if they didn’t ban water softeners, because they were resulting in too much chloride running into the Santa Clarita river, their sanitation bills would increase 3 fold. The citizens voted to ban water softeners and they received their 3 fold rate increase anyway. The reason for the rate increase? “To install new micro-filtration systems in Santa Clarita’s two treatment plants to address chloride levels in the Santa Clara river.” Apparently the increased chloride levels were coming from somewhere other than just water softeners…. Read More.