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Billings residents treat their water to improve its taste, remove contaminants and protect their plumbing. The Billings Gazette has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing customer reviews, product selection and local availability of 33 businesses and choosing eight favorites from the top water treatment companies in Billings.

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Choosing a water treatment system in Billings

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Billings residents have a choice of several types of water filter systems. To select the right choice for your needs, consider what you are trying to accomplish: Do you want to remove specific contaminants? Improve the taste of the water? Reduce water hardness? These questions will help you determine what type of water treatment system in Billings you should purchase.

Consider these common types of water filters offered in Billings:

  • Whole-house water filters, also called point-of-entry systems, are installed at the point where your home connects to its water supply. These systems can have multiple filters to treat for various contaminants, and treat all the water in your home. Alternatively, you can install shower filters or sink filters that only treat water at the point of use.
  • Salt softeners use an ion exchange process to remove minerals that cause water hardness. They are typically installed at the point of entry. For homes with hard water deposits and soap scum, salt softeners help prevent buildup.
  • UV disinfection uses ultraviolet radiation to kill microorganisms. Often installed as part of a multicontaminant removal system, UV water filtration is effective at removing bacteria and viruses from well and surface water.
  • Activated carbon filters have small particles of carbon that trap contaminants. These filters are common for improving the taste and smell of water.
  • Salt-free water softeners remove minerals that cause hardness, but do so in an eco-friendly way. Sometimes called water conditioners, they convert minerals in the water, instead of removing them, causing them to flow through instead of adhere to pipes.
  • Reverse osmosis water filtration works by pushing water through a semipermeable membrane to remove contaminants. For water with bacteria, viruses and metal contaminants such as lead, this system works well.
  • Water distillation is a process that involves boiling water to remove pollutants. While it is very effective at removing bacteria and chemicals, it also removes beneficial minerals.

In Billings, water treatment companies typically provide installation and maintenance on the systems they sell. Some companies offer filtration equipment for rent instead of purchase. Before purchasing a water treatment system, make sure a warranty is included with the system.

How much is a water filtration system in Billings?

In Billings, the average water filtration system costs between $900 and $3,000, including installation. The price of a water treatment system depends on size and complexity. For example, whole-home filtration costs more than point-of-use filters. For multisystem installations that address several issues, expect to pay more. The cost of a water softener depends on the technology and salt-free options. If you choose a typical salt softener or reverse osmosis system, expect to use more water, which adds to your water bill.

Many Billings water treatment companies offer financing options for qualified customers. Ask about discounts, referral programs and seasonal specials.

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Are permits required in Billings to install a water treatment system?

Depending on type and how it functions, you might need a permit to install a water treatment system in Billings if it requires changes to your plumbing. Ask your water treatment company if a permit is necessary and if you should apply for one with the City of Billings Building Division.

Can you drink reverse osmosis water?

Yes, reverse osmosis water is safe for drinking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reverse osmosis can improve the taste of water and is highly effective at getting rid of protozoa, bacteria, viruses and common contaminants.

How long does water treatment take?

Reverse osmosis and distillation systems take between two and six hours to filter water. Water softener systems complete a regeneration cycle in about 80 to 90 minutes.

How much is a whole-house water filter in Billings?

Whole-house water filter systems range in cost from $1,500 to $10,000 or more, including installation. The cost depends on what type of filtration system you want and your home’s plumbing.

Billings water treatment system company information

Pelican Water

Pelican Water sells water softeners, salt-free softeners, whole-house filtration systems, drinking water and shower point-of-use filters. The company offers UV, reverse osmosis, eco-friendly and carbon filter solutions. Installation is not included in purchase price. Sign up for the Water Shield Autoship Club to get free shipping and 15% discount on replacement filters. Pelican Water offers lifetime warranties and a 90-day money-back guarantee.

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NuvoH2O offers citrus-based water softeners as an alternative to salt softeners. Choose between whole home softener systems, point-of-use, whole filtration systems or a combination. The purchase price does not include installation, as these systems can be installed yourself or professionally. NuvoH2O offers a five-year limited warranty on all products.



Kinetico sells water softeners and drinking water filtration systems. Local contractors can install the system for you. Choose between whole-home filtration or point-of-use systems. The company’s water softeners require no electricity and provide 24/7 soft water on demand. Customers can add dechlorinator, sulfur guard and turbidity solutions as components of multipurpose installations. The company’s mobile app allows you to monitor your system. All Kinetico products come with a warranty.

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RainSoft Water Treatment Systems

RainSoft Water Treatment Systems offers whole-home salt softeners and point-of-use drinking water treatment featuring carbon filters. The company also provides laundry water treatment systems. Each customer receives a free in-home water analysis and a limited lifetime warranty on all RainSoft Water Treatment Systems products.

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Culligan of Billings

Culligan of Billings offers water softeners, drinking water systems and whole-home filtration. Salt-free alternative water softeners are available. Portable water softener exchange service is also available for small spaces, rental cabins or vacation homes. The company performs free water consultations by phone or online. It provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee and financing plans for qualified customers. Culligan of Billings is located at 603 W. Main St., Laurel, MT 59044.

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American Water Technologies

American Water Technologies specializes in the sale, installation and maintenance of water softeners, whole-house reverse osmosis and iron filter installation. The company also sells shower filters. Salt softeners are backed by manufacturer warranties. The company provides a free water analysis. American Water Technologies is located at 2449 Overland Ave., Billings, MT 59102.

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Yellowstone Water Conditioning, Inc.

Yellowstone Water Conditioning, Inc, sells and installs Kinetico water softeners, reverse osmosis systems and specialty water filters. UV technology is available for drinking water purification. Solutions are available for iron, chlorine, sulfur, rust stains and the rotten egg smell. The company provides customers with a free in-home water analysis and free quotes. It offers financing plans and warranties on all products. Yellowstone Water Conditioning, Inc. is located at 1535 Central Ave., Billings, Montana 59102.

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American Plumbing Heating & Excavation

American Plumbing Heating & Excavation is a local Montana company familiar with Billings well water and river water issues. The company offers HydroFLOW eco-friendly salt and chemical-free water conditioning, which requires no maintenance. It also does installation of traditional salt softener options. Every interested customer receives a free estimate.

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