The City of Santa Maria is asking its residents to reduce their use of water softener because it will be delivering higher-quality municipal water with reduced mineral content until the end of the year.
The City said it is going to import more state water than local groundwater this year because of significant rainfall and a plentiful Sierra snowpack.
For the remainder of the year, the city said it will give its customers about 90% state water and 10% local groundwater. According to the city, state water is softer and has a lower mineral content than the local groundwater supply, which can damage pipes and fixtures.
The city said reducing water softeners at home can save water, money and reduce the number of salts discharged into the local groundwater basin.