water softening vs. water conditioning

breaking down the differences

Desert Mountain Water offers a variety of systems to fit each customer’s individual needs and preferences. Since Arizona water is notoriously full of minerals which cause hard water, the purchase of a system to address this is essential to protect the plumbing in your home and, potentially, to affect the impact of the water on your skin.

When investigating options, consumers are often confused by the terminology used to describe the alternative solutions: Water Softeners and Water Conditioners. The comparison table below contrasts the difference between the two options.

quick comparison


Residential use only. Depends on water usage and water quality conditions. Not intended for microbiologically unsafe or unknown water quality.
Systems are intended for the treatment of municipal water; any other application (e.g. well water) requires a water quality analysis.



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Residential use only. Depends on water usage and water quality conditions. Not intended for microbiologically unsafe or unknown water quality.
Systems are intended for the treatment of municipal water; any other application (e.g. well water) requires a water quality analysis.



Please note that Water Softeners and Water Conditioners do not provide purified drinking water.
For drinking water options, click here see more about our Reverse Osmosis systems.