Is Drinking Soft Water Harmful

The United States geological survey unleashed that 85% of the U.S geography has hard water.

The government recommends there citizens not to drink soft water. This article explains the problems with soft water.

Water can be naturally hard or soft. Igneous rock sources like granite, peat and sandstone are the common sources of soft water. These sedimentary rocks are generally low in calcium and magnesium. Drinking soft water does not have any specific health risks, but it will result in the loss of certain minerals like magnesium and calcium. On the other hand, hard water contains an appreciable amount of dissolved minerals. Calcium and magnesium are called contaminants, these minerals make water either soft or hard.

Minerals present in the hard water give it the characteristic taste, where as soft water tastes bad. Soft water is treated before it is sent to the public, so it is also called as treated water in which the only cation is sodium. Human body needs sodium, we cannot live with out sodium chloride (salt) but it cannot digest the sodium present in the soft water. Recently companies which turn hard water to soft water are trying to use potassium instead of sodium. The results are yet to be studied.

Soft water will be aggressive at leaching metals like lead, while passing through the pipe lines it absorbs lead. It is very harmful to your body if you drink such kind of water. Soft water is very good for house hold purposes like bath, cleaning dishes, and washing clothes as it can produce the desired lather.

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