Sodium and Your Water Softener

There seems to be a lot of calls with concerns about sodium in their softened water. Questions like:

  • “I have high blood pressure, is the soft water bad for me?
  • “My Dr. told me I need a low sodium diet, can I drink my water that is softened with salt.”

While this information can vary from town-to-town, in Des Moines, Iowa our initial water hardness is around 10 grains per gallon. The amount of sodium added to treat 10 grains per gallon equals 75mg of sodium per quart.

Sodium is an essential part of our body processes. Sodium is needed to maintain a proper balance between our cells and organs. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the average daily sodium intake for a person is 3000-6000mg. So by calculating 75mg per quart of water, if you drank a gallon of water a day, you would consume 300mg equaling from 1/10th to 1/20th of your daily average. Therefore your sodium intake through your drinking water contributes a very small percentage.

If you still have concerns, compare a quart of treated softened water with things we all consume on a daily basis:

  • Softened Water 1qt 75mg
  • Milk 1C 122mg
  • White Bread 1 slice 150mg
  • Salt 1tsp 1,938mg
  • Margarine 1tbsp 140mg
  • Alka-Seltzer 1 tablet 532mg

There are many different opinions on the benefits and the harm of sodium intake. If you are still unsure or just want to avoid all sodium, then a reverse osmosis system or bottled water is your best choice. Please give our certified water treatment professionals a call. They can provide you with the accurate information on all your water treatment system needs.

Until next time a ‘The Water Blog’!!!