Some people don’t enjoy the taste of water that’s passed through a water softener, because it may have a slightly salty taste. Many people don’t notice this at all, but those with more sensitive palettes may detect some saltiness. So, if you have a water softener can you make your water more palatable for those that can taste salt?

Why Use a Water Softener?

Most people in our country are supplied with hard water for their private well or public water suppliers. Hard water is caused by elevated levels of dissolved minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. Water is a very effective solvent; as it makes its way through rock into our waterways and aquifers, it will pick up, dissolve and add minerals to alter its composition. Hard water is hard to wash with, and it can cause skin problems, and it’s also tough on plumbing and water using appliances. For these reasons, many people opt to install a water softener to make their water softener.

Why is Softened Water Salty?

A water softener uses an ion exchange process to remove the ions in the hardness causing minerals and replace them with sodium ions. The hard ions stick the resin beads, and then they are flushed away when the water softener regenerates. Of course, sodium is salt, and although an ion is smaller than an atom, a lot of ions are exchanged during this process. This is why some people may be able to detect a slight salty taste when the drink this softened water.

Can Softened Water Affect Your Health?

Softened water does contain a slightly elevated level of sodium or salt. For many people, this is not an issue, but if you have a pre-existing high blood pressure condition, this could be a problem. Drinking water containing small quantities of salt can elevate blood pressure, and this could be harmful. If you’re not sure about how softened water could affect your health consult a medical professional for advice.

Can You Drink Softened Water?

If the water hardness is less than 400 parts per million (ppm) calcium then it safe to drink. If the water is more than 400 ppm, then you need to install a reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration system. This will remove the calcium to reduce the quantity of sodium in the softened water. A water hardness of more than 400ppm will mean that more sodium has been added and this is not a good drinking water. The RO filter will ensure that all of the extra mineral content and the sodium are both removed to provide a clean and fresh tasting water.

What is RO Filtration?

RO water purification works by placing the water under high pressure and then forcing it through a semipermeable membrane. The smaller water particles pass through easily, but larger contaminants are trapped on the surface. This system can be used to desalinate seawater for drinking, so removing sodium is simple, and this leaves the user with clean drinking water that tastes great.

If you need more advice about water purification and dealing with hard water issue, contact a local water treatment professional for expert advice.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.