At The Bosworth Company, we are constantly asked about solutions to hard water. Those mineral deposits in water from the tap are what cause buildup around your faucets and chalky film in your tub and sink. Recent posts have touched on reverse osmosis, or R.O., solutions, but today we’ll explore some other options. How exactly does a “water softener” work, and how is it different from a “water conditioner”? Let’s explore.


A water softener does just that. It scientifically uses a brine or salt solution to nullify the contaminants that make water hard, thus making it “soft.” In a sense, a water softener is “conditioning” the water. This process effectively purifies the water. This ensures that the water coming into your home is soft.

A water conditioner uses a similar process, but without the use of the ionized salt solution. This helps prevent the buildup of mineral deposits but doesn’t actually change the chemical makeup of the water, so it remains hard.

By contrast, reverse osmosis works by essentially filtering the water.


Hard water is more common in West Texas, for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s dry skin and hair, or just hard on your dishwasher, it’s a bothersome problem that can be fixed. You will notice the benefits of a water softener instantly when your water begins to taste better, and your laundry is cleaner and fresher.


The Bosworth Company recommends a combination of systems for the most effective solution of getting soft water into your home. Often, R.O. and water softeners working together can provide the cleanest water possible. We can help you decide what’s right for you. The Bosworth Company is an authorized dealer of WaterTech water softening systems. Make an appointment today by calling 432-570-5233 or scheduling one online. It’s Worth the Call. Always.