Salt Savers Program

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Keeping salt out of our local waters, one water softener at a time

Many water softeners in the District’s service area are outdated or are not set up to run at peak efficiency. That’s a problem because all of the salt that goes into water softeners ends up at the wastewater treatment plant, and eventually in local freshwater streams. Excessive chloride, a component of salt, can threaten freshwater wildlife.

The aim of the Salt Savers pilot program is to improve water softener efficiency, with the goal of reducing chloride entering the sewer system. We do this by equipping service providers with the knowledge and resources needed to increase the efficiency of home water softeners and identify softeners that are prime candidates for replacement. To encourage homeowners to participate, the District funds discounts and rebates on services and equipment that result in reduced salt to the sewer system.

This program is in a pilot stage and will be ending soon in three communities: Village of McFarland, Town of Dunn, and Pleasant Springs Sanitary District. Reimbursement of services is available only for jobs completed in homes connected to sanitary sewer service in these communities.

Steps to Savings

Eligible homeowners on the sanitary sewer system can earn rebates up to $200 to improve water softeners through this program.

  1. Determine if your address is eligible.
  2. Take the online water softener self-screen.
  3. Call a Salt Savers certified service provider from our list to discuss improvements.
  4. Earn your rebate: $75 off evaluation/optimization or $200 off replacement for inefficient units.
  5. Act fast! The rebate program is ending soon for all areas:
    Village of McFarland: May 31, 2022
    Town of Dunn: May 31, 2022
    Pleasant Springs Sanitary District: July 31, 2022

Complete our online home water softener self-screen to get an idea of whether your softener qualifies for an optimization or replacement.

Program Details by Community

Communities involved in the pilot program were selected because they are part of a smaller, measurable area of the sewer system. To suit a community’s needs, each Salt Saver pilot program is unique. To see program specifics and eligibility requirements, click on your community below.