Can You Drink Softened Water? Advice From A Water Softener Expert

01 November 2019

You’ve heard about the benefits of a water softener. You already know that soft water will boost your home’s heating efficiency, cut your bills, extend the lifespan of your appliances, and give you brighter skin and smoother hair.

But perhaps you still have one burning question – can you drink softened water?

Can you drink softened water?

Absolutely. In fact, if you’re used to drinking tea, coffee, squash or soup made with hard water from the kitchen tap, you won’t believe how much better the taste and texture is when you install a good water softener. Here’s our expert guide to why nothing tastes better than soft water.

The problem with hard water

If you live in the Cotswolds – one of the UK’s worst-affected regions for hard water – you’ll be familiar with cups of tea that have a chalky, metallic taste and a thin layer of scum on the surface. There’s a scientific reason for this: when rain falls, it contains no minerals (and is described as ‘soft’ water). But after passing over materials like limestone, and picking up dissolved minerals that include calcium, iron and magnesium, it becomes ‘hard’ water. These minerals remain in the hard water when it enters your home supply, causing multiple problems including that unpleasant taste – and the only solution is a water softener.

How does a water softener work?

There’s plenty going on under the bonnet of a water softener. Most water softeners feature twin cylinders full of countless tiny resin beads. These beads have a negative charge – whereas minerals like magnesium have a positive charge – so the two are drawn together, with the beads clinging onto the unwanted minerals and keeping them inside the water softener. Meanwhile, you get to enjoy the softened and purified water that flows seamlessly from your water softener and make the best drinks you’ve tasted in your life.

What does softened water taste like?

If you’re used to hard water, you might have forgotten just how good a cup of tea can be. But when you install a water softener and turn on your kitchen tap, you’ll have your eyes opened and tastebuds awoken by the freshness, clarity and purity of softened water. So, can you drink softened water? Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back.

Since 1998, Cotswold Water Softeners has helped countless families in the region to more efficient appliances, lower utility bills and better-tasting drinking water. Get in touch today and let us find the right water softener for your house.