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    Default Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?

    So been reading this water softener FAQ and it says that in general softened water is safe to drink. But I'm still a little unsure.

    If all it does is add salt to the water, I guess that makes sense that it'd be OK.

    Any thoughts?
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    In part it depends on the starting water, the harder the water the more that would be added.

    Try this link
    http://www.wqa.org/sitelogic.cfm?ID=1152

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    No softener adds salt to the water.

    They add sodium or potassium based on the type of salt is used for regeneration. The chloride goes to drain with most of the sodium or potassium.
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    Thank you for the help! It is much appreciated.

    I've been doing some research, and I do have another question, if that's allright - what about magnetic water softeners? Do they actually do anything?
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    Magnetic Water Conditioners do work, on a large scale for some very expensive systems,

    But not the ones you buy for a home. They are a joke.

    You will get a lot of people laughing, again, on this forum.

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    Using "salt/sodium chloride" in a softener is only a problem for people on a low sodium diet, and they can convert to potassium chloride to avoid that problem, or, as is done in most cases, install a reverse osmosis system for drinking water.

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    The formula for added sodium is 7.85 mg/l (about a quart) of softened water per grain per gallon of compensated hardness. I.E 20 gpg * 7.85 = 157 mg of sodium, not salt. For potassium it is something like 9 mg per grain/gallon. And, too much potassium can kill you quickly.
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    Cool

    Here is the scoop if it is safe to drink water after the water softener. It's at the end of the page. The rest of it you need a Chemical Eng degree to understand it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_softener

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    Default Filtering after softening?

    What if the water is cartridge filtered after the softener? Does the filter remove the sodium particles?

    I have a GE cartiridge ( http://products.geappliances.com/App...ecPage&Sku=MWF ) for my refrigerator water dispenser, not reverse osmosis.

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    That filter is nice , but not cheap.

    Properly Softened water is safe to drink.


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    There are no "sodium particles" the sodium is attached to the molecules in the water.
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