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Water information

On 17 Jul 2014 at 2:21pm Sussex Jim wrote:
I have just gone home for lunch; and in the junk mail is a circular headed "water information". Thinking it may be something to do with the "heatwave" I glanced through it.
It is simply a circular to flog water softeners. The company, from Guildford, are even called Harvey- Not to be confused with our excellent brewery, who do not need to advertise. It is nothing to do with Southern or South-east water companies.
Our house was built in 1980. We have the boiler serviced every year; we are still using the original system and none of the technicians have ever mentioned the need for any replacements or water softening.
On 17 Jul 2014 at 2:36pm Hailsham Plumber wrote:
Fair comment Sx.Jim . But Lewes is a hard water area - remember the big water tank opposite the railway station - near to the mountfield road turning - that was part of a water softening system for the steam trains . I got a jacuzzi bath ( real cheap lol )from a lewes property, it` used to get yukky water out the pump . Brought it to my Hailsham home - slightly hard water. Still yukky water - got a proper ion exchange water softener ( another trade bargain ) fitted it and it`s lovely soft feeling water. So , yes your technicians are not wrong - but softeners do have their uses .
On 18 Jul 2014 at 12:44pm Cal Seeum wrote:
Water softeners will help avoid build up of limescale deposits on taps/kettles/appliances etc, and help keep new towels soft and fluffy for longer, but current medical advice is that artificially softened water is not good for drinking as most softeners tend to replace the calcium and magnesium naturally present in "hard" water with sodium (think "salt"). High intakes of sodium can lead to issues such as raised blood pressure etc.
Southern Water advise that they do not artifically soften water leaving their reservoirs for that very same reason, and that if anyone installs a home water softener they should still leave a tap connected directly to the unsoftened water supply that enters their property, and continue to use unsoftened water for drinking/cooking etc.
Of course, if a local water supply is naturally "soft" (i.e. has lower levels of dissolved calcium or magnesium) when it emerges from the ground then it doesn't contain high levels of of sodium a sit hasn't been artificially softened, so is not likely to cause health issues of that sort.
On 18 Jul 2014 at 9:38pm edtheplumber wrote:
Cal Seeum is correct, so they shouldn't help your kettle. But you can use 1/2 the amount of soap/ washing powder / dish-washing detergent. But 450 (average cost of a good system) is ALOTTA soap!

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