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03 Apr 2006

Hard and soft water
Hi Doc
As an expat living in England I still find this site the best place to get health advice.

The water here is very hard and all my dishes, kitchen and bathroom surfaces and appliances are caked with sediment. We want to install a water softener that, amongst other things, introduces an amount of salt to the water to soften it.

The salesman has urged us to lead off some hard water to a separate tap for drinking and cooking as they advise against using the salinated soft water for these.

We don't eat a great amount of salt and neither me or hubby has health problems related to salt (it's just us two in the house).

I cook with a bit of salt anyway and I'm just wondering if it's really necessary for all that trouble or whether the Brits are being trademark paranoid over food safety again.

I know that hard water has no ill health implications and I don't mind drinking it but soft water does taste so much better.

I just want to be well informed.

Thanks a lot.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Moo
We actually need very little salt per day and on average we are eating too much salt in our foods already. Too much salt puts a lot of stress on your kidneys and can cause high blood pressure etc. I would not use the salinated water for drinking and cooking. Can't you use bottled water for drinking?
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