20 years ago, I was driving around near Geneva and ended up in Evian, I
think it was. When I saw a water fountain, I stopped to see what their
water was like. It was fine but nothing special.
40 years ago, we were driving from Brussels to Prague and we saw on the
map MarianBad (Marianske Lazne in Czech), a famous spa (there's a movie
that makes reference to it). It was only 5 or 10 miles out of the way,
so we went there. Totally by chance, instead of finding the entrance
and parking in the lot, we ended up on the back boundary of the
property, right by the spring house. Twenty or 30 people walking
around. Everyone had china cups with built-in straws, also made of
china --- they looked like big meerschaum pipes -- so that people could
drink without tilting their heads back, so they could drink while
walking without bumping into things.
A 10-year old showed us that we didn't have to go into the little spring
house, which might have required a ticket, or the possession of one of
those special cups, but instead we could get the same water from the
stream only 5 or 10 feet from the spring house. We poured out the
water in our canteens and filled them from the stream.
Once back in the car, we started to drink. It tasted terrrible. Full
of some minerals (not sulphur). I like well water with minerals but
something was terrible about this. Since it was a communist country,
there were no stores all over the place, and we drove an hour before we
could find another source of something to drink. I think that might
have been a campground with normal well water or running water.
It says they have high CO2 and iron content. Right, I remember that it
was carbonated. Must have been the iron I didn't like. I'm sure glad we
hadn't paid to stay at the spa.
On Fri, 01 May 2015 15:33:28 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
It was the tv, but I may have been misled.
I only pay 1/400 of the cost of the water I use. Of course I also pay
1/400th of the cost of the water 399 other families use. But that all
means that what I myself use has no effect on my water bill, and also,
if the bill is itemized, like specifying a sewer charge, I never see it.
The upshot is that I can drink 800 gallons of water and only pay for 2.
I guess that takes me about 3 years.
she needs to trace the lines and make sure that the
kitchen sink is not treated/softened water. it should
not be. drinking treated/softened water is not good
for you (added salts or other minerals). there should
be either a RO unit or an untreated line for drinking
water or the plumber was on crack.
drinking RO water all the time isn't that good for
a person either. your body needs minerals to keep
the bones strong, if it doesn't get enough it will
start pulling them from the bones.
well water that tastes a little like iron is better
than nothing. those pitchers with the filters on
them will take care of the off taste. i don't mind it
so drink it untreated.
On Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:56:20 AM UTC-4, micky wrote:
Where I grew up in the midwest it was standard practice to put the softener only on the hot water side. So your outside faucets would be hard (so the salt didn't kill the grass) and the cold side of your kitchen sink.
When I worked in a hospital we were told never to make coffee from the hot water side, because the salt in it could be unhealthy.
I don't know if they still do that. It's not common where I live on the East coast.
And, of course, the sodium chloride salt is 40% sodium, by weight.
That said, there is not enough sodium ions added by conditioning to
have a health effect on anyone other than the most sodium constrained
patients. Within the healthy adult guidelines of 2.5g/day, the
10s of milligrams of sodium in conditioned water is in the noise,
unless you drink hundreds of gallons a day.
I live in an area where everyone has wells. Leaving at least one water
line unsoftened if you have a water softening system is SOP. And it's
normally the kitchen, AFAIK. (I don't have a softener, but some of the
Sounds like the well water we had back in CA. Terrible stuff! Almost
undrinkable. Even Kool-Aid wouldn't help.
Try letting the water stand in the refrigerator over night. If that
doesn't help, try a filter, like Brita. If all else fails, there's
bottled water filter stations most everywhere. Bring yer own jugs.
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