Anyone that’s swallowed a mouthful of seawater during a day at the beach will confirm that drinking salty water is a less than pleasant experience. Now, imagine have that taste every day coming directly from your taps, and you can see that it’s a major problem. If this situation seems familiar, we have good news, you don’t need to tolerate this situation, and we will show you how to fix this problem here.
Why Does My Tap Water Taste Salty?
There are three main reasons why your water may taste salty; they are:
- A High Concentration of Chloride Ions
If you have a high concentration of chlorine ions present in your water supply, this is a problem. It may seem like you’re getting your water supplied directly from the ocean with no water treatment taking place at all. The EPA has set an upper limit on the levels of chlorine ions that are allowed in public water supplies. The problem is that this isn’t strictly enforced for a variety of reasons that we can only speculate on. Suffice to say, if you have a problem with high concentrations of chloride ions, you’re going to have to solve the problem yourself.
- A High Concentration of Sulfates
There are two main sulfates that could be causing a salty taste in your tap water; they are sodium sulfate and magnesium sulfate. These both impart an unpleasant salty taste to the water, but they also act as a laxative leading to stomach cramps and diarrhea. This typically takes place after consuming sulfate laced water over an extended period of time, but it’s worth noting here. Much like the problems with chloride ions shown above, the EPA does have an upper limit in place, but it is rarely enforced.
- A Water Softener Issue
If you have a water softener installed in your home that uses an ion exchange process, this may be the cause of the salty water taste. A damaged or malfunctioning water softener can release salt into the water. In many cases, this can be fixed by adjusting the settings, or a simple repair may be required.
How Can You Fix a Salty Water Problem
As we’ve seen in the first two examples, it’s unlikely that you will get the EPA or your local water supplier to deal with a chlorine ion or sulfate related problem. This means that you need to take control of your own water quality and install a water filtration system at home. The best option is a reverse osmosis (RO) system that can remove a wide variety of contaminants, including chlorine ions and sulfates. A RO system forces the incoming water through a semi-permeable membrane leaving the contaminants on the surface and only allowing the water to pass through. This is extremely effective, depending on the exact system you choose, it can remove up to 99% of contaminants.
If you want to learn more about installing a water filtration system in your home, contact your local certified water treatment specialist 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.