Hard Water Safety: Fact or Fiction
These days water safety is a big issue. Many people are concerned about the the kinds of minerals and contaminants that get into their water supplies and this has led a great many consumers to look for a reliable water softener.
Ineffective softeners can create unwanted conditions, such as excessive sodium, mineral deficiency and environmental damage. Attempts have been made to allay these fears by depicting soft water as the lesser of two evils.
Here are the 5 major myths associated with hard water:
1) The minerals found in hard water are dangerous. This is untrue. The minerals found in hard water are not contaminants but rather healthy essential substances like calcium and magnesium, which can help fend off osteoporosis, stroke, and heart disease.
2) Hard water damages your home’s pipes. This is untrue. While minerals like calcium and magnesium may clog steel pipes from before 1970, the copper pipes that started getting installed in 1975 do not get clogged or damaged by minerals. So if your home was built any time after 1975, you’re fine. On the other hand, the salt in softened water has been linked to corroded pipes.
3) Softened water is filtered. This is untrue. Water softeners do not act as traditional filters, which cleanse water of chemicals, bacteria, viruses, metals, and other microscopic contaminants. Water softeners just add sodium and take out the minerals.
4) Hard water is bad for clothes, skin and hair. This is untrue. The common thinking is that mineral deposits damage clothing and are rough on our skin or hair. But in reality, there is no evidence that hard water by itself damages clothes or our bodies. Rather it is the chlorine in tap water that is responsible for these problems. Water softening does not filter the chlorine.
5) Water softening is better for the environment. This is untrue. In fact, water softeners contribute to river salt deposits that damage agricultural crops. Additionally, softeners create water sources that are contaminated with both sodium and chlorine, which can damage septic tanks and release even more toxins.
As you can see, water softening is not a way to protect yourself from contaminated water and actually only helps to contribute to mineral deficiency, corroded pipes, and environmental damage. To truly ensure a clean drinking supply you need water that has been filtered for chlorine, lead, mercury, disinfection byproducts and possibly other contaminants.
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