Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District Ban on Automatic Water Softeners, Measure S (November 2008)
Measure S required the removal of all installed residential "salt-based" self-regenerating water softeners in the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District. The ordinance required the removal of all residential automatic water softeners by June 30, 2009. Residents affected by the ordinance that owned their units were eligible to take advantage of the Automatic Water Softener Rebate Program. The Automatic Water Softener Rebate Program compensated residents for 75% of the reasonable value of their units and the reasonable cost of removal and disposal.
- These final, certified, election results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.
The installation of automatic water softeners that use rock salt or potassium chloride pellets was banned in the Santa Clarita Valley in 2003. The majority of households in the district do not, therefore, have this type of water softener. However, older units continued to be used. Automatic water softeners discharge a salty waste into the sewer system. The treatment process does not remove salt. The salt is therefore released into the Santa Clara River. Too much salt in the river is thought to have potentially harmful impacts on downstream agricultural crops.
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE S: "To reduce chloride levels in the Santa Clara River as required by the State of California and minimize future rate increases for the customers of the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District of Los Angeles County, shall an ordinance be adopted requiring the removal of, and providing a compensation program for, all installed residential “salt-based” self-regenerating water softeners within the District’s service area? "|