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How Much Salt is in my Soft Water?

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Many people will choose saltless water softeners because they believe water softeners make your water salty. Truth is you won’t taste a difference. In fact, sodium is a naturally occurring mineral which means it can be found in almost everything you consume.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the recommended limit for sodium is less than 2,300 mg a day. The average American consumes about 3,400 mg a day. The majority of sodium that people consume is from table salt and processed and prepared foods. For example, cold cuts, canned soups, fast food, and frozen dinners.

Soft Water

The amount of salt (sodium) that will be in your drinking water (soft water) is not enough of a significant percentage to effect your daily intake. The reason soft water has salt is because of the regeneration process. During this process the resin beads that remove the hardness ions (calcium and magnesium) in your water are flushed with a brine solution. The brine solution is made up of salt and water from your brine tank. Once the brine solution releases the calcium and magnesium ions from the beads and replaces them with sodium ion. Whatever is left over will be drained from the system.

So are you curious about how much salt is in your soft water? Well the exact amount really depends on how much hardness is being removed by the softener. The harder your water is the more sodium ions that are being exchanged to make soft water. See the equation to the right to figure your sodium per cup.

Still Concerned?

If sodium is still a concern your physician is the best person to consult with. Although, if you are not wanting to drink soft water there is an alternative, without losing the benefits of soft water. The alternative is getting a reverse osmosis system along with your water softener or using potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride pellets to soften your water.

For any additional questions please feel free to call 602abcWater.com


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