The truth is, water softeners do not add any salt to the water. The water softening process breaks down the salt to use its sodium. There is a difference. To clear things up, salt, also known as sodium chloride (NaCl), contains sodium (Na).
Accordingly, how much sodium is added to the water by a water softener?
You want to ask for the hardness of your water in “grains per gallon.” You can multiply this number by 8 to find out how much sodium (expressed in milligrams per liter) is added to your water by your water softener. In general, typically softened water contains about 12.5mg of sodium per 8oz glass.
Also, how do you remove sodium from softened water? Minimizing sodium consumption One solution is to use potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride pellets to soften your water. Another option is a reverse osmosis drinking water system installed along with your water softener. Reverse osmosis removes 95%+ of “everything” in the water, including sodium.
Keeping this in view, is it OK to drink water from a water softener?
While most softened water is perfectly safe to drink, the amount of sodium in the treated water will depend on the hardness of the original water. If the water hardness is below 400 ppm calcium before you soften it, then you can drink it with little concern.
Does Brita filter remove salt softened water?
The Brita pitcher filter contains both a charcoal filter and and cation exchange filter which will not remove sodium. This essentially duplicates what your softener already does and you may not be able to taste the difference in the water when using this filter.