- They Make Your Water Salty.
It’s true that softeners use specialized salt in the process of softening your water. However, much of the sodium is washed out in the regeneration cycle (or cleaning cycle) that all softeners do. After this process, very little residual sodium is left in your water. If you are still concerned or on a low sodium diet that requires you to avoid salt all together, adding a reverse osmosis drinking water system to your home would not only remove residual sodium from the water but a long list of other unwanted impurities and contaminants.
- Water Softeners Purify Water.
A water softeners job is to remove certain minerals and even sediment from the water, but is it not the same as purification. The media inside of a water softener is different from that of a water purifier. To remove impurities and contaminants you need a reverse osmosis system. While municipalities do treat their water to ensure safe consumption for residents, reverse osmosis systems work to provide high-quality drinking and cooking water to a specialized faucet in your home by removing unwanted impurities that may not be tested by the municipality or have no safety standards in place. They also remove impurities created as byproducts of the municipal chlorination process, residual sodium from your water softener, chlorine and other impurities deemed safe under certain levels but still unwanted. Purification is equally important for those who are not on a municipal water source, such as a private well, where there is no treatment or disinfection process for the water.
Bonus: Drinking Water Misconception:
We often hear “I don’t need a water purification system because I already drink bottled water.” We have tested many brands of bottled water and the results vary widely across the board. While some bottled water is actually purified, many of the most popular brands are the same TDS (total dissolved solids) as tap water. This means they are in fact not purified. It may taste better than your tap at home simply because the chlorine has been removed which makes the water friendlier to your palate, but not any better for you. Not to mention the hassle of buying and carrying the heavy cases of bottled water and the waste associated with drinking from them. Filling reusable bottles with reverse osmosis water right at your sink/refrigerator is both more economical and more convenient.
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