Sadly, hard water is very common across the US in both municipal water and well water supplies. Many people are aware that a supply of hard water has a negative effect on how effectively they can clean or how they prepare a meal. But, there is still a great deal of scientific debate on how hard water could be related to health problems. Let’s take a look at this issue in more detail.
Hard Water Explained
The presence of hard water is so prevalent that many people believe that this is regular water. This is not the case, water is an effective solvent, and it dissolves materials that it passes through on the way to our homes. Certain minerals such as calcium, magnesium and to a lesser extent, iron causes water hardness and they are dissolved in the water. The exact level of water hardness will depend on the mineral content in the water, and like any type of contaminant, there could be more or less present in any given sample. A supply of hard water will create a scale in your water using appliances that affect the performance and the energy efficiency. Hard water also clogs plumbing pipes that it passes through, and it leaves stains on glassware, dishes, and laundry. But, as bad as this is, can hard water affect your health too?
The Health Impact of Hard Water
The data is inconclusive, but if you think about it logically, hard water may have a detrimental effect on human health. After all, any material that clogs a plumbing pipe or causes a washing machine to overwork and use more energy can’t be good for people. The human body is an enormously complex organism, and various organs are supplied with blood and other vital fluids that we need to stay healthy. But, we don’t know for sure if hard water can affect our bodies in this way.
There are early research studies that have linked hard water use with an elevated cardiovascular risk. This study examined the relationship between ingesting the hard water minerals in drinking water and cardiovascular mortality. The researchers came to the conclusion that elevated levels of calcium could be a risk factor in cardiovascular disease. A definite causal relationship was not established, and it was concluded that further research was required. So, there are medical suspicions surrounding drinking hard water but no hard evidence at this time.
How to Fix a Hard Water Problem
The best way to solve a hard water problem is to install an appropriate water softener system in your home. There are a number of different methods to choose from, and your location may determine which method will suit your needs best. Every system removes the minerals that cause hard water or replace their ions with benign sodium ions. Then you have a supply of soft water for every faucet and plumbing fixture in your home. Consult your local certified water treatment professional for expert help and advice today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.