We all want clear, clean, high quality drinking water.
That is self-evident but not always certain. Clear water can still contain impurities that impair its quality. Drinking water travels a very long way from the time when it falls as rainwater until when it runs out of the faucet. It comes in touch with a wide range of substances that affect the quality.
Iron, H2S, and Manganese are a problem.
Brown colored water indicates the presence of iron or rust. Iron is an essential material, about 5 percent of the Earth’s crust consists of iron and water pipes are often made of steel where rust in can occur. You would not want iron in your drinking water and certainly not in the washing machine.
Sediment in the water supply.
Sediment is a combination of sand, mud or other particles which are carried away in the water stream. Sediment is almost inevitable. Even the water from the best water suppliers sometimes contains sediment. That is usually totally harmless but not at all astatically pleasing.
Water is never too soft
Hard water is the world’s most common problem. Most households are fed by hard water sources. That hardness is caused by the presence of calcium and magnesium, two substances which, like iron are an abundant material on Earth and that the water absorbs during its travels. Ferric Iron and sediment are visible and can be called Suspended Solids. The invisible hardness in water, on the other hand, is Dissolved Minerals, this can have a higher cost to maintain appliances and cleaning expense of removing scale.
Softened water feels different. You’ll clearly notice the difference to your skin and hair. Shaving, for example, will go a lot quicker with soft water, and you’ll have a shorter, sharper shave. Your hair will shine after showering, and have a silky, smooth feel.
Filtered, softened water tastes better, as well. The differences are subtle, but undeniable. Just compare it to the way towels washed in hard or soft water feel on your skin.
Those ‘hard’ towels are the ones people are most familiar with. The same goes for the rest of your laundry. Washing with soft water means your clothing and linen will last longer. Everything feels softer and you’ll need less detergent to achieve the same result.
You’ll be able to save up to 50 percent on various products: detergents, fabric softeners, shampoos, polishes and abrasives, scrubbers and sponges…
The biggest profit of all, time, is priceless: you’ll be wasting less of your free time scrubbing and scraping the lime scale. Cleaning will be a lot quicker and easier.
Softened water increases the lifespan and efficiency of your water-heating equipment and will lower your energy bill.
Hard water causes lime scale in appliances and pipes. The lime scale will continue to build up, leading to energy bills up to 20 percent higher, and will eventually cause defects.
What is true for the heating and the washing machine is also true for any domestic appliances that have to deal with hard water: softened water increases the lifespan of these appliances and decreases costs of repairs and replacements.