I received a well water test back and was surprised at a few findings.
The findings are:
Calcium 8.42 mg/L
Calcium Hardness 21 mg CaCO3/L
Magnesium 1.79 mg/L
Sodium 150 mg/L
Alkalinity 270 mg CaCO3/L
TDS 375 mg/L
Iron was not detected.
2 values that I did not get tested but will now get tested are chlorides and sulfate.
I will update when I receive them.
What I would like to do is to lower the little hardness there is, lower the sodium, and once tested lower the sulfates.
What I would like have is a mixed bed system that regenerates with Potassium Chloride.
There is someone in the house on a sodium restricted diet and we would like to move away from the expense of bottled water.
You should get a total hardness test instead of having to convert calcium and magnesium into total hardness.
Based on that water test, you don't need a softener. You should buy an under counter RO to reduce sodium etc..
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