Is softened water safe to drink?

Sodium

Much of the discussion revolves around sodium. Water softening introduces a small amount of sodium into the water. It helps to distinguish between sodium and table salt. Table salt comprises sodium and chloride, sodium being 40% of that. 

In itself, sodium is not considered a risk. We all need sodium in our diet, because it is critical to the overall function of our body. However, we need to be careful about how much sodium we intake and ensure we are keeping our bodies hydrated.  

What does this mean for me? 

Whether the softened water in your home is safe to drink, depends on the hardness of your water. If your water is very hard, a large amount of calcium and magnesium will be replaced by sodium, which could get your total sodium level over the maximum set by regulation. You can also have a drinking tap installed in the kitchen so it makes the water safe and healthy to drink. This works particularly well for pets. 

For instance, once the water hardness in your home exceeds 400 mg/litre of calcium carbonate, your water softener will push the sodium level in your water over the threshold, making a separate drinking tap with unsoftened water mandatory. This will occur in a few areas that have extremely hard water, mainly in the east of the country. Which is why in Essex we have particularly hard water. You can get this information by going to your local water company’s website.

An EcoWater professional can advise you on the installation of a water softener, and whether a hard water tap is necessary in your home. If you would like to know more, get in touch with us now so one of our experts can help you. 

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