Should I use a separate, unsoftened tap for drinking water?

It is recommended to have a separate tap to provide unsoftened water, but there are no legal requirements.

A hard water drinking tap is installed as standard, so that you can choose your preferred drinking water while using softened water and its many other benefits around your home.

The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations requires all premises to be supplied with water for domestic purposes from at least one tap conveniently situated for drinking water.

Hard water tap recommendations:

By installing it alongside a tap using only your current water supply, your household can make sure everyone is receiving the right drinking water for their circumstances. For households with babies or occupants who have a sodium-free diet, a softened tap isn’t recommended for drinking water.

This is recommended in the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, endorsed by the Government Regulators WRAS and the water-softener supply industry through the UKWTA.

Unsoftened water away from the kitchen sink:

Designated hard water taps can be installed with any sink in your household, normally done so at the kitchen sink for convenience. If you are happy to use softened water for all domestic purposes, you can choose not to have an unsoftened water tap fitted.

We recommend having a survey done to find out what installation options are available for your household.

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