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Hard And Soft water
Water naturally has a variety of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. There is no requirement to soften your water. The decision to soften is a personal choice that can affect your home and the environment. You can measure the hardness of your water using a test kit or an independent laboratory.
Search for labs at Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. Home water softeners, also called ion exchange units, are appliances that remove calcium, magnesium, and other minerals from drinking water.
Resin beads inside the softener trap the calcium and magnesium and exchange them for sodium or potassium. Once the resin beads become full of calcium and magnesium, a highly-concentrated salt or potassium solution removes the calcium and magnesium from the beads.
After passing through the beads, the resulting chloride solution becomes a waste stream that goes down the drain and ultimately into the environment. Maintaining your softener will keep your water quality stable. This will help prevent issues with corrosion. In addition:. A water softener that uses sodium chloride salt increases the amount of sodium in the water you drink at home.
Consider the following if you have a home softener:. The calcium, iron, and magnesium removed by softening are not harmful and may be beneficial sources of essential elements needed by the body.
Removing them from your water may mean you will have to get more of them from your diet. Minnesota has a growing problem with chloride in water. Chloride in water threatens our fresh-water fish and other aquatic life.
The chloride used in home water softeners can also affect the water used for drinking. It takes only one teaspoon of sodium chloride salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water.
Once salt is in water, there is no easy way to remove it. In some communities, home water softeners drain to municipal wastewater treatment plants, which are not designed to remove chloride. The chloride passes through the treatment plant and ends up in our lakes and streams. Contact the Drinking Water Protection Program: health. Do I need to soften my water? Advantages of home water softening Prevents build-up of minerals scale on the inside of pipes, fixtures, and hot water heaters.
Lengthens the life of some appliances. Reduces or prevents mineral spots on glassware. Prevents or reduces soap films and detergent curds in sinks, bathtubs, and washing machines. Disadvantages of home water softening Can corrode your pipes.
The corroded metal from the pipes can end up in your water. This can contribute to elevated lead and copper levels in drinking water. Potential health effects from additional sodium. Regular testing of the water and maintenance of the softener is necessary to make sure the softener is working properly.
Negative impacts to the environment from salt use. The water used to regenerate the softener beads ends up as waste.
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See the Latest Publications. Browse All Publications. Download PDF. Tom Scherer, Ph. Standard water softeners found in home supply and hardware stores will remove nearly all the calcium and magnesium from the raw water during the softening process. Softeners also will remove up to 10 parts per million ppm of iron and manganese.
Hard And Soft water
Although water is typically crystal clear, it contains minerals and chemicals. This article will look at the differences between the two types of water, as well as the pros and cons of each and what to know about water softening. The hardness of water is determined primarily by the amount of calcium and magnesium it contains.
At APEC, we strive to provide the best drinking water available to everyone. Even if it means offering a free system to those in need. Hard water As rainwater falls, it is naturally soft. However, as water makes its way through the ground and into our waterways, it picks up minerals like chalk, lime and mostly calcium and magnesium and becomes hard water.
What is "Hard Water"?
Perhaps you have on occassion noticed mineral deposits on your cooking dishes, or rings of insoluble soap scum in your bathtub. These are not signs of poor housekeeping, but are rather signs of hard water from the municipal water supply. These ions do not pose any health threat, but they can engage in reactions that leave insoluble mineral deposits. These deposits can make hard water unsuitable for many uses, and so a variety of means have been developed to "soften" hard water; i. Mineral deposits are formed by ionic reactions resulting in the formation of an insoluble precipitate. This precipitate, known as scale, coats the vessels in which the water is heated, producing the mineral deposits on your cooking dishes. In small quantities, these deposits are not harmful, but they may be frustrating to try to clean.
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