Is your water soft or hard?
What makes the water soft or hard?
Is one type of water healthier and safer for drinking than the other?
These are questions that cross the minds of many people.
Water is clear but may contain chemicals and minerals. High mineral concentrations in water make it hard. Water is life and critical for the sustenance of your band members even during the performance.
In this article, we’ll find out which of the two is safer for your band members to drink.
Differences between Hard and Soft Water
The amount of magnesium and calcium in water determines its hardness. Together with other minerals, high levels of the two make water hard.
Water softening systems work to lower mineral concentrations in water.
On the other hand, soft water has high sodium and salt concentrations instead of minerals.
Signs of Hard and Soft Water
You can’t know whether your water is hard or soft by just looking at it. However, its feel, what it does to your clothes, dishes, or washing machine can be a tell-tale sign.
Signs of hard water include:
- Spots or deposits of calcium carbonate on silverware and glasses just out of your dishwasher.
- Feeling of a film (soap scum) after washing your hands
- Reduced water pressure and flow as minerals deposit in pipe systems
- Mineral stains on clothes, leading to faster wear
Signs of soft water include:
- Healthy water pressure
- Healthy soap lather when washing
- Clean clothes with less wear and tear, and no mineral stains
- Drinking water with sodium taste
Does Hard Water Put Your Band Members at Risk of Health problems?
According to studies, drinking hard water isn’t associated with serious health risks.
- Alteration of skin’s pH balance, especially in persons with eczema.
- Weakens the skin, a barrier against infections and other harmful bacteria
Certain hair products and moisturizers can help combat the effects of hard water on your hair and skin. Alternatively, you can install a water softening system to make your hard water soft.
Benefits of Hard Water
Hard water can nourish your band with essential minerals such as calcium and magnesium to the recommended daily intake.
Although there’s no definitive evidence, some studies have linked drinking hard water to various cardiovascular benefits.
Does Soft Water Put Your Band Members at Risk of Health problems?
Drinking soft water with low mineral concentrations is less risky if your band is already on a diet rich in magnesium and calcium.
Magnesium, calcium, or multivitamin supplements can meet your daily needs if your diet is deficient in the minerals. However, soft water tends to increase blood pressure due to its high sodium content, making it unideal for band members with high blood pressure.
Persons with high blood pressure are usually advised against using salt. The same may apply to soft water for drinking.
What’s more, untreated water pipes can leach lead into your water; soft water picks the lead easily.
Benefits of Soft Water
Soft water doesn’t cause mineral stains or soap scum, making it ideal for cleaning.
It eliminates the need to use lots of water when cleaning your dishes or clothes, or even to shower. This saves money on your water bill due to the increased effectiveness and efficiency of your band members’ cleaning agents.
Water Softening to Remove Hardness
What is water softening?
A water softening system is used to make hard water soft. It may contain resin, a sticky and insoluble substance obtained from plants and trees, coated with positively-charged sodium ions.
The sodium ions are molecules with a net electric charge. The positively-charged ions replace the negatively-charged calcium and magnesium ions in the water.
You must keep adding sodium pellets to your water softening system to keep the resin positively, electrically charged. The system also requires regular maintenance to keep it functional.
Other systems use the following instead of sodium pellets to replace the magnesium and calcium levels in water:
- Citric acid
- Potassium pellets
So, which one is safer for your band members?
A water softening system’s resin can easily harbor fungal and bacterial growth, hence the need to keep it clean and well-maintained to keep your water safe.
It’s important to find out the amount of sodium added to your water softening system to ensure that band members on a low-sodium diet don’t risk their health.
Alternatively, use a water softening system based on other techniques such as potassium pellets to reduce concerns associated with increased levels of sodium.
A cardiologist can explain to your band how water softening can impact their blood pressure. Test your old water system for lead and other contaminants to determine if soft water is safer for your team.
A public water utility company can help with the test at low or zero cost.
Many people can safely drink soft or hard water without developing negative health effects.
Although some water softening systems contain high sodium levels, band members with a concern may opt for a system based on potassium pellets.
Your band can also drink bottled water and only use soft water for dishwashing, laundry, and showering.
Clearly, safer water depends on the unique needs of your band members. However, soft water is a better choice.