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Why Does My Water Taste And Smell Different?
Red Deer and area residents’ source of drinking water is the Red Deer River. The river picks up mud, silt, and other organic material during spring run-off, these materials dissolve slightly in the water and can give your water an odor or taste.
Why Do I Smell Chlorine In My Water?
Chlorine is a disinfectant used in the treatment process year-round. During spring run-off, some of the remaining organic material reacts with the chlorine in the treated water. This makes the “swimming pool” smell more noticeable in the spring.
What Are The Benefits Of Drinking Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water?
Many people don’t think twice about the water that comes from their taps – but they should. Drinking unfiltered water could cause implications for your home, like bad smelling or tasting water and stains and scale buildup on your water using appliances. It can also have negative health effects for those who drink it as certain contaminants, such as excessive lead, and arsenic, could result in heart issues. Water containing certain contaminants can cause:
- Foul odors: If you smell rotten eggs in your water, sulfate could be to blame.
- Unpleasant tastes: You may notice a metallic taste in your cooked food or beverages, which can result from excess iron in your water.
- Health problems: Certain contaminants, such as PFOS, lead and arsenic that might be in your water, can go undetected and pose a health risk. These contaminants have been linked to various reproductive and cardiovascular issues.
A Reverse Osmosis System
- Removes Foul odors: Sulfates in your water create a rotten egg smell.
- Removes Unpleasant tastes: You may notice a metallic taste in your cooked food or beverages, which can result from excess iron in your water.
- Reduced unwanted minerals: A reverse osmosis system helps to remove calcium and magnesium, the two most common minerals that cause hard water.
- Less lead in your water: Consuming large amounts of lead has been linked to increased blood pressure, reduced fertility and nerve damage. A reverse osmosis system can help reduce the lead from your water, making it safer for you and your loved ones.
- Remove bacteria and parasites: Reverse osmosis systems can help remove parasites, such as cryptosporidium, a common contaminant in lakes and rivers. Consumption of cryptosporidium has been linked to stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea.
- Reduced sodium: Large sodium particles are less likely to pass through the reverse osmosis membrane filter.
In addition to health and home benefits, a reverse osmosis system can also help to reduce the number of water bottles you purchase. This can help you save money while also offering a more environmentally-friendly solution.
Hard vs Soft Water
If dissolved calcium or magnesium minerals are present in high concentrations, the water is considered hard. Sometimes hard water will result in scaling or white spots on your dishes, water heaters and bathroom fixtures. Hard water can also reduce lathering properties of soaps or detergents making them less efficient and costing you extra money. Water containing low concentrations of calcium or magnesium is called soft water.
Benefits of Removing Hard Water at Home
Soft water can help your home in more ways than one. It can prolong the life of your appliances, enhance the taste of your food, and save you money over time. When you invest in a water softener or filtration system, you can save yourself from dirty dishes, faulty equipment, and flavorless food. Discover the benefits of soft water and learn how to remove hard water stains for good.
What is Hard Water?
Water hardness is the total amount of the dissolved calcium and magnesium minerals naturally present in our groundwater and surface water. These minerals come from rocks such that dissolve in your water. In fact, that’s how “hard water” got its name, from the hardened mineral deposits this kind of water leaves behind. Over time these deposits can accumulate, clog, or even corrode pipes and cause major plumbing problems. Hard water deposits can build up in boilers and hot water heaters, making them less efficient and more expensive to use. The City of Red Deer’s water is considered hard.
You may have hard water if you are experiencing:
- Stiff laundry after the cycle
- Dry hair and skin after showers
- Mineral spots on dishes after running through the dishwasher
- Mineral spots on fixtures and appliances that use water
How Does A Water Softener Work?
Believe it or not, Water Softeners are a lot like magnets. In a traditional bar magnet, one end is “positive” and the other is “negative.” So, let’s say you have two bar magnets and try to make both positive ends connect. What happens? They repel each other. No matter how hard you try, it’s impossible to get them to connect. But, what happens when you try connecting the positive end of one with the negative end of the other? They immediately connect, SNAP!
The fact that positive and negative things attract is the basic idea of how Water Softeners work.
Calcium and magnesium, the two key culprits of hard water, are both positively charged molecules. And, as the hard water pumps through the softening system, it passes through a filter filled with negatively charged resin beads. Just like with the magnets, as the hard water moves through the resin beads—opposites attract. SNAP!
And, this idea also applies when the system regenerates (aka, cleans) itself. During regeneration, water and salt (positively charged) flushes through the resin beads. Thinking back to the magnet example, the positive charges in the salt, calcium and magnesium all repel each other. The calcium and magnesium detach from the resin beads and drain out along with all the salty water.