Sabrex’s EWP System Softens and Purifies Water Without Violating New Texas Ban on Water Softener Waste in Septic Tanks

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Sabrex's new technology softens and purifies even brackish water without adding chemicals or creating additional pollution. Runoff from Sabrex's filtration can safely be drained into septic tanks, gardens or lawns. Because Sabrex's technology is electronic, it requires little or no maintenance.


CONTACT: Gina de Miranda

Sabrex CP, Inc.

1326 N. Trinity

San Antonio, TX 78207

Phone: 210-737-0454

Fax: 210-737-6791


San Antonio, TX—22 May 2002—Homeowners don’t need to choose between soft water and their septic tanks thanks to an innovative water purification technology created by the Sabrex Consumer Products, Inc. (Sabrex CP). The reason that many feared that they would have to make this choice was an admendment to the Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Rule 285.39, subsection D. This amendment prohibits the release of water softener and reverse osmosis back flush into septic tanks. Effective June 13, 2001, the law is expected to be enforced each time that a home is sold. Homeowners currently draining water softeners or reverse osmosis (R/O) water purification systems into their septic tanks have to remove the drainage lines or the water subsystems or be unable to sell their homes. Some homeowners may be tempted to let their water softeners and reverse osmosis water purifiers drain into their lawns. Unfortunately, the sodium chloride in water softener and the hazardous chemical cleaning agents in R/O flushes can kill plants and pollute ground water.

Texas TNRCC lobbied for this law because of the problems that water softeners and R/O equipment were causing with septic tanks. Water softeners actually work by substituting sodium chloride (salt) for the calcium and magnesium carbonates typically found in hard water. The sodium chloride that softeners infuse treated water with is believed to kill the bacteria that digest excrement in septic tanks. Similarly, the hazardous chemical agents required to clean R/O equipment also kill the beneficial bacteria in septic systems.

By contrast, Sabrex CP’s EWP replaces both water softeners and R/O equipment. The EWP uses solid state electronics to remove hardness, metals, organic acids, nitrates, nitrites, most ionically charged chemicals and other contaminants. Remarkably, the EWP performs its water transformations without the use of any polluting chemicals or sodium and it can be drained directly into septic systems or onto lawns or gardens as its discharge contains no sodium chloride or other hazardous chemical cleaning agents.


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Originally commissioned as a purification system for soldiers, Sabrex CP’s Electronic Water Purification (EWP) technology was designed for an unpredictable range of waters. The military anticipated that the waters that soldiers might face would be varying hardnesses and probably contaminated with many types of pollutants. The military required a water purifier that could handle any water that was thrown into it. For this reason, the EWP had to both soften and purify.

Now, this softening and purifying technology is available to Texas homeowners. In addition to providing soft water for better washing and lowered detergent usage, the EWP removes harmful metals, nitrates, organic acids and a broad spectrum of the most troublesome and common water pollutants in Texas today. It is available in a under counter and whole-home versions. Whole-home version are targeted to families in areas where the water contains contaminants that pass through the skin. The countertop model is a better fit in places where the contaminants should not be ingested.

Despite the perception that Texas’s aquifers insulate its residents from water pollution, recent USGS studies have demonstrated that there are toxics, particularly herbicides and pesticides as well as nitrates and metals in Texas waters. Texas water is not as pure as Texans would like to believe. According to the environmental protection group, Scorecard, their analysis of the Toxic Release Inventory, an EPA-mandated report, indicates that Texas is the fifth most polluting state in releases to the environment; the second most polluting in releases of toxic chemicals to water and the number one injector of toxic chemicals into the ground. If this trend continues, Texas may soon have the dirtiest water in the country.

Texas is not the only state to enact this type of law. Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, California, Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Kentucky, both Carolinas, both Dakotas, Indiana among others have all enacted similar bans or intend to enact such bans.

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