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Is your "soft" water safe to drink?

drinking water tap water softener

Well the answer is YES for the most part!

It's a common misconception that the process of water softening significantly increases the salt levels in your water.

child drinking water

Salt does not enter water supply:

Even though physical salt is loaded into the water softener the salt doesn't actually enter the water supply. A water softener has a resin tank containing thousands of beads that hold electrically charged ions.

water softener salt beads

Freshly regenerated:

When freshly regenerated, the beads become full of sodium ions from the water softener salt. As hard water passes through the water softener system, the calcium and magnesium ions are attracted to the resin beads. There, sodium ions are exchanged for the hard water ions. the softener system then delivers soft water for your use.

glass of water wooden table

Treating Hard Water:

The actual amount of sodium added to the water depends on how hard the water is that is being treated. If we figure treating water with 15 grains of hardness (which is about the average found in the US) it would add about 28 mg of sodium to an 8oz glass of water. To keep things in perspective here are some sodium levels of common foods we eat.

drinking water sodium level facts

Sodium levels

Remember 8 oz. softened water 28 mg compared to:

-8 oz skim milk 120 mg

-1 slice white bread 170 mg

-12 oz diet Coke 40 mg

-1 cup Cheerios 200 mg

-one dill pickle 930 mg

Thanks for stopping by to hear another Friday Fun Fact with Builder Joe! Cheers

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