We're looking to install a softener and we are pre-plumbed in a "remote" location (outside the house on the side). Running electrical to this spot would be either extremely difficult or cosmetically ugly, maybe both. So a non-electric unit like Kinetico is very appealing. I have good brand association with Kinetico, but the sticker shock ($4000 installed) is crazy. Is there another brand that makes a metered non-electric softener a DIY guy could install? Given that I have all the space I need and the plumbing is already set up for softener, it couldn't get much easier. I just haven't been able to find another non-electric brand. Thank for any help.