Good question. My brother-in-law installed a water softener that softens
*all* their water, then added a reverse osmosis device to remove the
sodium resulting from the softening process.
We're thinking of installing a water softener, but having it feed only
the water heater wouldn't do the trick because we often wash clothes
with warm water (i.e., a mixture of hot and cold). OTOH, we don't want
to be softening the water with which we water the garden. We'll just
have to figure out the precise point in the system at which to connect
the water softener.
On 11/30/05 10:19 am CL (dnoyeB) Gilbert tossed the following
ingredients into the ever-growing pot of cybersoup:
We've used softened water for inside house except the toilets and
haven't noticed any salty taste in 27+ years. Hose bibs for yard
watering is not softened. Showers are enjoyable without the slimy
feel afterward and clothes haven't been a problem after running
through the washing machine with hot/cold softened water.
On Wed, 30 Nov 2005 12:03:28 -0500, "Percival P. Cassidy"
The formula to determine how much added sodium from a softener using
sodium chloride salt is: 7.85 mg/l (roughly a quart) per grain per
gallon (gpg) of compensated hardness. Compensated hardness is all the
hardness + 4 times the iron ppm + 2 times the manganese. I'E 20 gpg
hardness * 7.85 = 157 mg/l added sodium per roughly a quart of the
water. If you check the label on a loaf of white bread, the average
sodium per slice is usually 120-150 mg. An 8 oz glass of ski, milk...
IIRC 530 and my V8 juice has 590 per 8 fl oz. So eat a potato chip or
pretzel or slice of bread less per day and drink a quart of your
softened water... and you'll actually LOWER your sodium intake!!
Quality Water Associates
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