Learn all about drinking water in your home and how you can manage it for better health and taste. First off, water is the most important fluid for our bodies. The Mayo Clinic recommends that the average male drink 3 liters and the average female drinks 2.2 liters per day. It is much easier to reach these recommended minimums if we like the taste of the water. Also, water that is better for us will make a bigger impact.
While hard water can be a big nuisance for your home, it can be great for your health. The difference between hard water and soft water is the minerals. As rain water passes though soil and rocks it picks up minerals. The two minerals most commonly associated with hard water is calcium and magnesium. These are both good minerals for staying healthy.
Water softeners use sodium to create an ion exchange and treat the hardness. This process reduces buildup on water fixtures, soap scum, and increases the effectiveness of detergent in the washer. However, it is recommended that a cold water line be used to bypass the water softener for drinking water. This way the house isn’t negatively affected by hard water and you can still reap the benefits of the minerals.
If you are unsure about your water, use this simple DIY test for hard water.