Sodium from Softened Water

July 19th, 2011

"Probably the number one question arising during a discussion of water softening is that of the "sodium" issue. It is greatly misunderstood due to all the bad press about too much salt (sodium) in the average American's diet today. Various studies contradict one another on the actual health impact of sodium in the diet. We… Read more »

Do water softeners affect septic systems?

July 14th, 2011

"Home water softeners, which periodically generate a backwash that is high in sodium, magnesium, and calcium concentrations, can affect wastewater treatment processes and the composition and structure of the infiltration field biomat and the underlying soil. However, attempts to predict whether impacts will occur and to estimate their severity are difficult and often inconclusive. Water… Read more »

What are the permissible levels of trace elements (such as arsenic, copper, iron, lead, and zinc) in water for the water to still be considered safe?

June 14th, 2011

Several of these trace elements are regulated by the EPA and are on their list of primary drinking water standards. These include arsenic, copper, and lead, as well as cadmium, chromium, mercury, and selenium. Iron is not a regulated contaminant because it is not known to cause health problems, but there is a secondary drinking… Read more »

If the sulfur content in my well water is a little high, is it still safe to drink?

June 14th, 2011

Sulfur is not regulated as a primary drinking-water contaminant, so there is no official level of sulfur that represents a threshold between healthy and unhealthy concentrations.  Sulfur gases in water are actually a compound of sulfur, called hydrogen sulfide.  Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is sometimes present in well water. A few tenths of a milligram of… Read more »

What is safe water?

June 14th, 2011

Safe water means water that will not harm you if you come in contact with it. The most common use of this term applies to drinking water, but it could also apply to water for swimming or other uses. To be safe, the water must have sufficiently low concentrations of harmful contaminants to avoid sickening… Read more »