Soft Water

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Any water which contains less than 1.0 gpg (17.1 mg/l) of hardness minerals, expressed as calcium carbonate equivalent.  Soft water refers to water that has a relatively low concentration of dissolved minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium ions.  It is the opposite of hard water, which contains higher levels of these minerals.  Soft water occurs naturally in certain regions where the water source passes through or over mineral free rocks such as granite or slate.  It can also be achieved through water treatment processes that remove or reduce the concentration of minerals.

soft water benefits

  • Reduced mineral buildup  -  Soft water does not leave mineral deposits, such as limescale, on plumbing fixtures, appliances, or surfaces.  This can extend the lifespan of pipes, water heaters, and other water-using appliances.
  • Improved soap efficiency  -  Soft water lathers more easily with soap, allowing for better cleaning and rinsing.  It can result in reduced soap usage and improved effectiveness in tasks like washing clothes, dishes, and personal hygiene.
  • Softer skin and hair  -  Soft water is generally gentler on the skin and hair.  It can help prevent dryness, irritation, and the dulling effects caused by hard water minerals.
  • More efficient water heating  -  Soft water minimizes the buildup of mineral deposits in water heaters, improving their efficiency and reducing energy consumption.

However, soft water may have some drawbacks as well.  Since it lacks minerals, it may have a slightly different taste compared to hard water, which some people may find less appealing.  Additionally, soft water may not be ideal for certain industrial processes that require water with specific mineral content or for drinking water purposes where some minerals are beneficial for health.

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