This article looks at the potential health effects of drinking softened water. It explains how water softeners work, where they are used and considers some of the potential health concerns, highlighting a number of specific circumstances where softened water should be avoided. It concludes with some practical advice for those in hard water areas.
In this article the industrial water specialists at Water Treatment Services investigate the link between legionella, hard water and limescale; asking the question… does hard water increase the risks from Legionella bacteria both at home and in the workplace? The guide explains what hard water is and how it can cause problems in water systems, where it can be found in the UK, if the build-up of scale or limescale increases the risks posed by Legionella bacteria, and what can be done to control its impact.
Water softeners are special pieces of equipment that help to soften water, and are especially useful in hard water areas. If you live in a hard water area and go on holiday to an area with softened water, you will notice a significant difference. Softened water makes it easier to shampoo your hair – with very little shampoo needed. It creates lots of bubbles in your bath, with very little bubble bath added. You’ll also notice far less scale in your kettle and in taps and pipework.
The problems caused by limescale, or hard water scale are all too familiar to most of us who live and work in hard water areas.
Limescale is that chalky off-white coating of calcium carbonate that irritatingly builds-up on taps, shower heads, inside kettles and coats the internal surfaces of pipes, boilers, radiators and the like.