by Vickie Johnston, Owner and Founder, H2O Health
Six states have banned or put serious restrictions on water softeners that are salt based. Scottsdale has already banned such systems.
Can you guess why they might be doing this?
It is well-known that salts have been killing grasslands and trees. If you have ever watered your plants with it, you know this is true. You cannot water your plants with salt water. If it’s not good for plants, do you really think it’s good for us?
An even bigger and very costly issue is that water softener salts and brine put unnecessary burdens on the already existing water crisis in our country. It costs billions to repair the damage to septic systems, pipes and municipal wastewater facilities, as these salts rapidly degrade pipes and septic systems.
In addition, the high concentrations of sodium discharged into septic systems/tanks harm the beneficial microbes, affecting their ability to break down solids. These salts destroy the essential good bacteria needed for breaking down organic solid wastes.
Good bacteria are necessary and vital to our eco systems and our health. The lack of these good bacteria poses a serious problem for our environment.
If a typical household with a family of four uses 75 to 85 gallons of treated/softened water per day per person, they will use 320 to 350 gallons per day — or 10,000 gallons a month. That’s approximately 120,000 gallons a year and that amount of water weighs nearly 1 million pounds.
That’s a lot of salt water down the drain.
The next issue to consider is our health. Are these salts even good for us?
In July 2020, the National Institutes of Health found there are positive health benefits from drinking hard water. The study showed that the minerals calcium and magnesium play important roles in improved heart function, digestion, blood sugar regulation, even fighting cancer.
Minerals are essential for good health, and that’s why they are found in water.
So, we are faced with a choice. Do we waste gallons of water to provide a softer water that may leave our skin feeling smoother, yet is virtually undrinkable? Or, do we look at a better, healthier option that will preserve our precious water resources while also being better for our bodies overall?