Can the brine in a softener become contaminated?

There has never been a recorded problem involving the contamination of brine in water softeners.

The reason is that:

● brine kills germs and viruses

● the water softener is rinsed thoroughly

● any bacteria left would be of the low HPC variety, which are harmless

Should a major contamination occur in a stagnant water softener it would create a strong smell that would be extremely difficult to drink. If consumed in large quantities, it may cause gastroenteritis.

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