Is It Safe to Drink Softened Water?

on March 02, 2018 water softener salt

We all know that having a water softener in your home benefits you in many ways.  Because water softeners use salt to treat the water, some people may have concerns on the safety of drinking softened water. Let’s investigate your softened water for drinking.

How much salt is in softened water?
Hard water contains a high number of contaminants such as magnesium and calcium that can cause scale build-up on your pipes, along with other issues it can cause.  Most water softeners will then replace those ions with sodium ions, by using specially formulated salt in your water conditioner system. If there is a higher concentration of calcium and magnesium ions, this will require more salt for treatment. Some people worry that this is putting too much sodium in the salt, but that’s simply not true.  According to the Mayo Clinic, most tested water systems had less than 50 milligrams of sodium per liter.  To put it into simpler terms, let’s compare it to a slice of bread.  To ingest as much sodium as there is in a slice of sandwich bread, you would need to drink three liters of softened water.

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How does a Reverse Osmosis system work?
The most common way to treat water for drinking is to use a reverse osmosis system.  They utilize the same process as producing a bottle of drinking water. An RO system uses pressure to force all of the water through a membrane.  While the water is passing through the semipermeable membrane, up to 99% of 65 different contaminants are filtered out.  This is the safest and most effective way to get clean drinking water for your home.

Water hardness levels do vary, but hard water is typically okay to drink. Other contaminants in water such as e- coli, arsenic, and other forms of bacteria make it unsafe to drink. A softener will not make it safe to drink, but a Reverse Osmosis system can. 

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At Advantage Water Conditioning, we use a Watts system that you can read more about here.

How do I know if my water is safe to drink?
Water hardness levels vary nationwide, and there is no way to know exactly how hard your water is until you investigate further. The Water Quality Association of Indiana has put together some steps to find out your water hardness:

  1. Consult with a water professional in your area.
  2. Have your water analyzed by an EPA accredited lab in your area. This will help you to determine the best course of water treatment.
  3. Treat your water with a certified product, such as a water softener.

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At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that while there is additional sodium in your softened water, it is not enough to make a difference to your health.  You would have to ingest more than your body could handle to be affected.  If you want to learn more about your specific water hardness, you should have your water tested so that you can move forward with the right treatment.

We at Advantage Water Conditioning are here to help you at any step during the process.  Our trained professionals can help you with your water testing so that the process is as simple and convenient for you.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment! 

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