Did you know that our bodies absorb more chlorine in a 10-minute shower than by drinking 8 glasses of the same water? Water softeners today use much less salt than older models. There are time operated softeners and water meter-controlled softeners available. The water meter-controlled units produce the softest water per pound of salt and are more efficient. Salt-softened water may feel slippery or slimy when bathing with soap. Many people do not like the feel of the water treated with a water softener because it feels as if they cannot ever completely rinse off the soap. This is a sign of over regeneration and over softening. When used properly, a water softener has many benefits and can provide you with high quality water for your bathing and cleaning needs.