No matter whose team you root for, you doubtless know that Provo is home to Brigham Young University, aka BYU, aka home of the Cougars. Provo and its twin city of Orem boast a population of about 818,000, a number that lately has been increasing every year by about three to four percent.
The area also boasts a lot of hard water. This is not to imply that hard water is anything to boast about. We’ll get back to that.
Today’s Provo-Orem metropolitan area was originally called Sharon, a nod to Sharon, Vermont, birthplace of Joseph Smith Jr., founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Provo comes from Étienne Provost, a nineteenth century fur trader of some renown in Mountain West during the 1800s. Whether Provost or explorer Jim Bridger was the first person of European descent to lay eyes upon the Great Salt Lake is a matter of dispute. (We wouldn’t dream of taking a side on that one, just as we wouldn’t dream of suggesting which team you should root for. We prefer to remain on good terms no matter which explorer’s or sports team’s camp you favor, because if you live in Provo-Orem, sooner or later you’re going to need a water softener.)
Monsieur Provost was French-Canadian, born in Chambly, Province of Québec. Étienne is the French equivalent of Steven. The -st would have been silent in Provost’s native tongue. Indeed, some records render it Proveau. The Americanized st-less version clarifies pronunciation for non French-speakers.
Orem incorporated in 1919. Founders named the new city after railroad magnate Walter C. Orem. This, they hoped, would move Orem-the-person and his well-heeled friends to invest in Orem-the-city. While it’s difficult to assess the ploy’s success or lack thereof, one thing is certain: today both Orem and Provo are thriving communities with robust economies.
Back to the Provo-Orem area’s hard water. It’s hard. Really hard. Now, we don’t want to scare you into thinking the water is toxic—it’s not—but we do want to scare you. “Hard water” refers to water loaded with abrasive, clumping microscopic particles that ruin appliances.
Provo-Orem’s hard water levels are especially tough on water heaters, because heated hard water particles glom onto to water heater walls, slowly eating away at them and making you pay to heat mineral deposits instead of water. Plus, the particles bond with soap, leaving leave scum on dishes, shower and tub walls—and on your skin! Yuck!
For optimally soft water in Provo-Orem, it takes an optimal water softener like the kind Kinetico makes. Kinetico water softeners are rugged, so they last longer, giving you many, many years of trouble-free soft water, and thus longer-lasting appliances and great-feeling skin.
Kinetico water softeners produce soft water using two-thirds less salt than other water softeners, and they nearly never go out of adjustment, so you’ll have soft water ’round the clock, all day, every day.
No wonder Kinetico water softeners are so popular in Provo-Orem. If your neighbor has great soft water, don’t be surprised if you learn that the reason is a Kinetico water softener.
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