What's in your water?

Water – some people waste it, most try to save it. We’re all certainly trying to drink more of it. But when we turn on the tap for a bath, shower or to do some cleaning, how many of us really know what’s in it?

The answer all comes down to where you live. You might not realise it, but water quality varies considerably across the UK. Hard water – that is, water containing higher levels of magnesium, calcium or iron salts – is common across England, particularly the further south and east you go. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on the other hand, the water is naturally softer due to the geology of the land.

Now, some hardness in our drinking water is no bad thing – take the various bottled waters on supermarket shelves all boasting natural minerals that give a distinct taste. In fact, most water companies have been deliberately increasing the hardness of their water for years.

However, for the people living in hard water areas there are unintended consequences. They need to use more shampoo in every shower, more soap in every bath, more floor and toilet cleaner each time they do the housework and more powder when they wash their clothes or dishes.

Hard water also leaves more scale deposits inside household appliances like kettles, boilers and washing machines, reducing their lifespan considerably when compared to those in soft water areas. All of these additional costs can be avoided simply by using a water softener in hard water areas to remove calcium and magnesium minerals from the mains supply in hard water areas.

The device connects to the mains supply and works in two stages, firstly by drawing the mineral content out of the water using salt that percolates through resin beads. It then flushes the minerals out of the system. Softened water can save you money, there’s no doubt about it. It’s high quality drinking water that improves the efficiency of your boiler and saves you time on your cleaning and washing while delivering better results at the same time.

Feedback from the owners of water softeners even suggests that they provide relief from chronic, irritable skin conditions such as eczema. So your postcode affects more than just school catchments and insurance premiums. It determines the quality of the water coming through your tap. That quality affects how long your appliances last, how much money you spend on shampoo and cleaning products and even the health of your skin. Something to think about next time you’re considering moving house, perhaps.

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