A hard look at water softeners: Is yours harming the planet?

Do you live in an area with very hard water? You may not be able to taste it but you’ll know it when you see the impact on your appliances. Hard water contains an overabundance of minerals – mainly calcium and magnesium – two minerals that on their own are healthy for the human body. However, as the limescale builds up as hard water flows through a pipe, it will crystallize into a sticky structure and the build up will eventually have a destructive effect.

All of your appliances that use water – your washing machine, your dishwasher, your water heater, your kettle and even your toilet – will stop working efficiently after a short period of time. And, the build up will eventually shorten the lifespan of your appliances significantly. You may find yourself having to replace them every 2-3 years or significantly before you normally would.

You will also notice other challenges with hard water. Soap doesn’t lather well in hard water. It may leave your dishes spotty, laundry dingy and hair dull. Scale deposits are also a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other unwanted micro-organisms.

Rust will also accumulate in your pipes and that may lead to corrosion. And, eventually you could be looking at replacing your entire piping system.

Conventional water softeners address this problem by removing the minerals in your water and replacing them with salts (usually sodium chloride). The environmental impact of traditional salt-based softeners is enormous. The residue from these water softeners is released into the environment and can adversely affect rivers, streams and aquifers. This can have a catastrophic effect on marine life and agriculture.

Removing salt in typical municipal waste-water treatment plants is extremely expensive, as additional micro filtration and reverse osmosis facilities must be built to remove chloride from the treated wastewater.

The system itself uses water to flush itself out regularly in a process called regeneration. It is estimated that the system typically uses about 25 gallons a day, or up to 10,000 gallons per year. That’s a lot of wasted water down the drain.

Softened water is not healthy to drink—not only for sodium-sensitive, hypertensive patients, but also for healthy people as well. For hypertensive people on a low-sodium diet, softened water contains sodium. But softened water may also contain metals (such as lead and copper), which have been leached from the metal pipes, faucets, and soldered joints of the pipes.

Why would softened water contain metals? Softened water may contain metals because water is a universal solvent. When water is heated or softened, it is more prone to leach metals from water pipes and other parts of the indoor plumbing system. Copper in pipes, lead in soldered joints, and metal faucets are especially vulnerable to heated or softened water. Thus, in addition to containing sodium, softened water may have lead, copper, and other metals.

A much more practical and environmentally friendly alternative to softening water is by using an electronic anti-scale system. This method is an eco-friendly water treatment that is based on the principle of physical water treatment – electronic impulses literally change the crystallization process of the liquid calcium making the hard scale lose its adhesive power. The technology works exclusively with capacitive electric impulses: no use of any salt or chemicals and is not magnetic-based. Therefore, it operates 100% independent of the water flow rate in the pipe and guarantees the right output at all times.

This system renders the water safe for all of your hard water concerns and is very low maintenance. It also a healthier alternative for babies, children, elderly people and people with salt restricted diets or anyone who is concerned about their sodium intake increase when using a conventional water system. This system adds no sodium to your drinking water and lets your benefit from the healthy calcium and magnesium in your water.

It’s good for you and good for the environment. For more information: http://www.waterionizer.org/products/hard-water-treatment/vulcan-3000-descaler.html


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