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Find the Best Water Softeners and Treatment Systems in Beaver Dam, WI

Beaver Dam residents use water treatment systems to soften and remove contaminants from water they use and drink in their homes. WiscNews has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing customer reviews, filter selection and local availability of 28 businesses and choosing nine favorites from the top water treatment companies in Beaver Dam.

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What to look for in a water treatment system in Beaver Dam

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When shopping for a water treatment system, decide how you’d like to improve your water. For example, you may consider removing bacteria from the well-supplied municipal water. For those with compromised immune systems, water treatment by ultraviolet light, distillation or reverse osmosis could help reduce the chance of infection.

Beaver Dam residents should also consider that groundwater in the area could contain salts and metals from farming and mining, agricultural pesticides and herbicides, and organic chemicals from the petroleum industry. Beaver Dam water is treated with chlorine, which affects taste. Various types of water filter systems provide bacteria removal.

  • Whole-house water filtration systems, also known as point-of-entry systems, treat water where it enters the home so treated water flows to all faucets and plumbing in the home. Whole-house water filtration can combine several types of systems, including water softeners, carbon filters, UV and salt-free. A sink or shower water filter affects only the water coming out of the particular fixture where it is installed.
  • Activated carbon filters contain small particles of carbon that water flows through. The activated carbon traps organic solids and removes them from the water. Activated carbon filters are particularly effective at removing chlorine and sediments and improving taste of water.
  • Water distillation works by boiling water to remove impurities, collecting the steam separately from the contaminants. Distillation is effective for removing bacteria, but also removes beneficial minerals. This type of filter is effective for those who want to improve water taste for drinking and cooking.
  • Salt softeners remove minerals that cause hard water through an ion exchange process. The system has two tanks, mineral and brine. For homes with hard water that causes scaly deposits on faucets and soap scum on sinks and bathtubs, salt softeners mitigate the effect.
  • Water conditioners treat the minerals that cause hard water, causing them to flow through pipes instead of sticking to them, rather than removing the minerals altogether. Water conditioners also treat bacteria and algae.
  • Reverse osmosis is a process in which water is pushed through a semipermeable membrane to remove ions and particles. The RO water filtration process is very effective at removing bacteria, viruses and common chemical contaminants.
  • UV disinfection subjects water to ultraviolet radiation to reduce bacteria, which is used in conjunction with a filter to remove other pollutants.

If you’re unsure what is wrong with your water, choose a water treatment company that provides water analysis to determine what is causing issues in your home, as many Beaver Dam companies do. Water treatment companies also offer eco-friendly types of water softeners that are salt-free and use less water than a traditional system. Most companies install and maintain the water treatment systems they sell.

Before purchasing a water treatment system, understand your warranty coverage and read company reviews online to find a company with a reliable reputation.

How much does a water filtration system cost in Beaver Dam?

In Beaver Dam, water filtration systems costs typically range from $720 to $1,140. The price of a water treatment system depends on the complexity of the system, the type of purification process and how much of the house’s water is treated. Whole-house water filtration systems, for example, cost more than point-of-use systems. Reverse osmosis systems require filter changes and can cost more to maintain over time. Salt softeners use extra water in the process and can cause water bills to increase.

Many water treatment system companies in Beaver Dam offer financing options, promotions and discounts. Ask for quotes from multiple companies before making your decision. Make sure you know if the price includes professional installation or if there’s an extra cost.

Beaver Dam water softeners and treatment systems FAQ

Do salt-free water softeners really work?

There are several types of salt-free water softeners with varying degrees of effectiveness. Template-assisted crystallization (TAC) is popular because it prevents minerals from adhering to pipes. Talk to your water treatment company about which water softener is right for your needs.

How long do water softeners last?

Water softeners last 10 to 15 years. Maintenance requires adding salt regularly and cleaning the resin bed.

Are permits required in Beaver Dam to install a water treatment system?

Whole-house water softener systems require a permit for installation in Beaver Dam. For other types of water systems, check with the company you choose or contact the City of Beaver Dam.

How much does a whole-house water filtration system cost in Beaver Dam?

A whole-house water filtration system ranges in price from $400 to $10,000, depending on your needs and the features you choose.

What are the six steps of drinking water treatment?

Water treatment in the home can have several steps, including filtration, ion exchange, carbon filtration, disinfection, reverse osmosis and recirculation. The exact process depends on what type of water filtration system you choose.

What does reverse osmosis remove?

Reverse osmosis removes protozoa, viruses and bacteria. It is also effective for removal of common chemical contaminants such as copper and lead.

Beaver Dam water treatment system company information

Pelican Water

Pelican Water sells whole-house filters, whole-house water softeners, well water filters, UV systems, drinking water and shower filters. The company specializes in eco-friendly water softener solutions that use no electricity and produce no wastewater. Opt for do-it-yourself or professional installation. Whole-house systems start at $949 without installation. The company offers deals on auto-shipment of replacement filters. Pelican Water includes lifetime warranties and free shipping with most products.

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NuvoH2O offers salt-free home water softeners plus a system that softens water and improves taste. The company also sells a dishwasher-only system to prevent hard water scale. Customers can choose do-it-yourself or professional installation. Cartridges are easy to replace. NuvoH2O offers financing plans and a limited repair and replacement warranty.



Kinetico sells three series of water softeners, as well as nonelectric drinking water filtration systems. The company offers specialty solutions for chlorine, arsenic, calcite and sulfur. Customers receive a free water test to determine their exact needs. Kinetico offers comprehensive warranties on all products.

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RainSoft Water Treatment Systems

RainSoft Water Treatment Systems sells and installs point-of-entry water conditioning systems, drinking water systems and laundry systems. Whole-home filtration systems available with UV, carbon and mineral blend filters are available. Systems can be controlled and customized with a large interactive display. Customers get $50 for every referral. RainSoft Water Treatment Systems provides a free water test, an in-home consultation and limited lifetime warranty.

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Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning

Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning installs and maintains home water softeners and filtration systems. Systems available include reverse osmosis, carbon filter, point-of-use filters and whole-home filtration systems. The company provides a customer satisfaction guarantee. Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning serves southern Wisconsin and is based at 3361 Brooks Drive, Sun Prairie, WI 53590.

Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning

Schaefers Soft Water

Schaefers Soft Water sells and installs residential water softeners, iron filters and water filtration systems with reverse osmosis. Customers can rent certain equipment. The company provides drinking water testing services. Schaefers Soft Water serves Beaver Dam from 824 N. Church St., Watertown, WI 53098.

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Abendroth Water Conditioning

Abendroth Water Conditioning offers whole-house water softeners, including salt-free systems and one that also treats bacteria. The company also offers whole-home water filtration systems and point-of-use filters specializing in drinking water. Solutions can be combined or installed as stand-alone systems. The company offers a chemical-free treatment for iron and rotten-egg smell. Free estimates are included. Water testing and inspections are available, along with repair and maintenance. The company provides rental equipment. Abendroth Water Conditioning is located at 327 Janesville Ave., P.O. Box 106, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.

Abendroth Water Conditioning

Water-Right’s Clean Water Center

Water-Right’s Clean Water Center specializes in Evolve water treatment systems. The company offers water softeners, water conditioners, whole-house filtration and drinking water filters. It provides free estimates for interested customers. Water-Right’s Clean Water Center is located at 1990 Prospect Court, Appleton, WI 54914.

Water-Right’s Clean Water Center

Culligan of Watertown

Culligan of Watertown sells and installs whole-home water softeners that also eliminate contaminants found in tap water. Customers can monitor home water use with computerized meter updates and get real-time feedback via texts and alerts. The company provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Culligan of Watertown serves Beaver Dam out of its office at 1401 Clark St., Watertown, WI 53094.

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