Can You Drink Softened Water?

Can You Drink Softened Water?

Can You Drink Softened Water?  

Many people think that you can't drink softened water but that is incorrect. Softened water does not contain unhealthy amounts of sodium and is perfectly safe to drink. Your decision to drink softened water should be based completely on whether or not you enjoy the taste of it. 

Softened Water

Our water softeners work by removing the minerals such as calcium and magnesium from the water through ion exchange. This water softening process replaces the minerals present in the water with a small amount of sodium in the ion-exchange. The level of sodium, also known as salt, present in the water is based on where you are located in the UK and how hard your water is. Areas which have harder water will have more sodium present in the water because it needs more salt to soften the water. This illustrates the importance in us testing your water because we can advise you on your options- if your water supply once softened will exceed 200mg/l sodium- it is essential to provide you with a hard water supply. 

Softened water is completely safe to drink and does not contain unhealthy levels of sodium. The average amount of sodium found in a 250ml glass of softened water contributes to 1% of your daily sodium intake (Recommended daily intake by the NHS (2015) is 2,400mg of sodium).

Drinking Softened Water

Information provided by the WRAS and NHS recommends that the sodium limit should not be exceeded when preparing formula for babies because their kidneys are not fully developed yet to process the increase in salt. Their formula and food are made with the correct sodium levels and any additional sodium can alter this balance and can cause dehydration. It is also recommended that individuals who are on a prescribed low-sodium diet should not drink softened water due to the increased sodium levels. 

We understand that not everybody will want to or will enjoy drinking softened water and that is perfectly fine- we have some solutions. We can give you an untreated feed to your kitchen or utility sink so you can still enjoy the taste of hard water. Or, you can purchase a drinking water system with your softener and get a filtered supply to drink. We have a huge range of drinking water systems, if you would like to look a look, click HERE


-If you are ever concerned about something, we urge you to get into contact with us as we are trained professionals and can provide you with information to help you. 


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