I posted here http://www.terrylove.com/forums/show...ridge%21%21%21
asking about softeners etc and ended up going with a 2 cuft 60K Clack WS1 from Aquatell Canada based on a new ensuite shower and will be installing it this weekend.
The info from the other thread was I have 8 gpg hardness + the iron and manganese = 18 gpg compensated hardness and 2 people = a need for 18K regenerated capacity, which gives you a metered/demand initiated regeneration on average once every 8 days (1000 gallons). The size of the softener, a 1.5 cuft probably, depends on the peak demand flow rate it has to treat and that is based on the type of fixtures in your two bathrooms; a large tub or multiple shower heads or any body sprays.
The new shower will have one 8" showerhead and four body sprays each rated at 2.5 gpm for the ones we are thinking of using. I would like someone to look at the settings an see if they are correct and get the best salt use and overall water efficiency .
These are the instructions that Aquatell say to program the WS1 at. The progrmming does not operate exactly like the instructions say but I am able to get all of the settings to display and change the values.
1. Press and release “SET CLOCK” and use the UP and DOWN buttons to set the
hour, then press NEXT. Now use the UP and DOWN buttons to set the minutes
and then press NEXT. Please note that AM/PM toggles automatically as you
scroll through the hours of the day.
2. Once the time has been set correctly, press and hold the NEXT and DOWN button
for 3 seconds until you see a flashing word in the top left corner of the screen.
Press the UP button until the word “SOFTENING” is flashing. Then press
3. Use the UP and DOWN buttons to set the capacity of your water softener as per
the chart below:
i. 20,0000 grain softener = 20.0
ii. 30,000 grain softener = 30.0
iii. 45,000 grain softener = 45.0
iv. 60,000 grain softener = 60.0
Once the correct value is displayed press NEXT.
4. For this step, you need to program the pounds of salt that are used per
regeneration cycle for your softener. The number you program for this step
depends on the size of softener you purchased:
i. 20,000 grain softener = 6.0
ii. 30,000 grain softener = 9.0
iii. 45,000 grain softener = 12.0
iv. 60,000 grain softener = 18.0
Once this value has been entered press the NEXT button.
5. Use the UP and DOWN buttons to set the flashing value to read “NORMAL” and
then press NEXT
6. Use the UP and DOWN buttons to set the flashing value to read “AUTo” and then
7. Use the UP and DOWN buttons to set the flashing value to read “PoST” and then
8. Use the UP and DOWN buttons to set the flashing value to read “dn” and then
9. Set the flashing value to read “NORMAL” and then press NEXT
10. Press and hold the NEXT and UP buttons until you see “SET HARDNESS” at
the top of the screen and a number is flashing.
11. The flashing value is your water hardness. If there is iron in your water add 3
grains per gallon for every 1 part per million (ppm) of iron present. Use the UP
and DOWN buttons to set the number and then press NEXT.
12. For the next value, set this to 14 if you use municipal water. If you use any other
water source set this value to 7, and then press NEXT
13. Now set the time of day for regeneration. This is typically set to a low water
demand time such as 2:00 AM. Then press NEXT.
Once the valve has been programmed you’ll be back at the home screen and should see the
time. Pressing the NEXT button will toggle to the gallons of soft water remaining before
the system needs to regenerate.
IMPORTANT - you must now run a regeneration cycle to ensure that everything is working
properly and that nothing is leaking. It is important that you watch the first regeneration
cycle and inspect the system at each stage for leaks.
1. From the home screen (shows either time or gallons remaining) press and hold the
REGEN button. Hold it until you hear the gears of the valve turning. Once the
gears stop turning you should see the word “BACKWASH” and a timer counting
down. You should also have water exiting the drain line of the softener. Inspect
the drain line connector at the valve for leaks and also make sure that the
receptacle into which the drain is running, is able to handle the flow. You do not
need to let this cycle run to completion. Once you’ve inspected the components,
press the REGEN button again to advance to the next stage.
2. You should now see the word “BRINE” at the bottom of the screen and numbers
should be counting down. Open the brine tank and listen - you should hear air
being sucked into the softener through the brine line. Press the “REGEN” button
3. You should now see “BACKWASH” and numbers counting down. Once the
gears have stopped turning, press the REGEN button again.
4. You should now see “RINSE” and numbers counting down. Once the gears have
stopped turning, press the REGEN button again.
5. You should now see “FILL” and numbers counting down. Allow this stage to run
for it’s full duration. While this stage is running check the brine line adapter on
the softener valve for any leaks. You’ll also want to have a look inside the brine
tank to make sure it’s filling with water. Also watch to make sure that the safety
float in the brine tank does not stop the flow of water before the time has run
down for this stage.
6. You can now add a few bags of salt to your brine tank. Your water softener
installation is now complete.