How Much Sodium Does a Water Softener Add to Your Drinking Water?

If you use a water softening system in your home the water softener works by exchanging sodium (salt) for hardness. The harder that your water is the more salt it will take to balance the water out.

How to Determine Sodium Levels in Your Water

If you want to know the exact amount of sodium that is in your tap water you should determine the grains per gallon (GPG) of total hardness and multiply that number by 1.89. That number will tell you the total milligrams of sodium in an 8-ounce glass of tap water. For example if you have 18 GPG hardness in your water currently a water softener could add about 35 additional milligrams to every 8 ounces of water that you use. For context a slice of wheat bread has about 210 milligrams of sodium and a tablespoon of barbecue sauce has about 175.

Do You Want Less Sodium in Your Water?

If your water already has a high level of sodium and water softener is raising the levels past your comfort zone there are ways to remove the sodium from the water. If you install a reverse osmosis water filtration system the salt can be removed from the water. Conventional water filtration systems will not do this. That being said most healthy adults do not need to worry about the sodium that they will consume through household tap water.

Featured Product: Fleck 5810SXT Demand Water Softener

The Fleck 5810SXT Demand Water Softener is a state-of-the-art water softener with a large 300 lb. Capacity salt tank with auto shut-off to avoid damage. The programming will be stored in the memory of the system and not be erased due to power outages.

Water Softener Installation and Maintenance from Mid-Atlantic Water

If you are ready to upgrade the water softener systems you use in your home or business give Mid-Atlantic Water a call today at 800-460-5810.

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