We are building a new house and are installing a water softener however I do not like the taste of soft water. I checked into potassium pellets but because of health problems in the family am not able to use them. My question: Is there an under the sink water filter that would take out water softener taste?
You may have a 'problem' with your 'taste'. Really pure water (distilled) has all impurities removed and has no taste. Water softeners remove minerals and therefore remove some of the 'taste'. A filter will not replace the lost 'taste', only further remove other impurities - which may or may not suit your taste? A good water softener does not add any taste to the water. The water is passed through some resin material that causes the minerals to be captured in the resins. Then a backflush function, usually using salt, flushes out the minerals from the resins, completely flushes out any salt and enables them to capture additional minerals. If the backflush operates properly, there should be no salts left in the resins to add any taste to the water. Might suggest installing a good water softener and then, after several backflush operations, have the water tested. Then you can decide what type filter system to use, if needed.
A reverse osmosis filtration system will produce water that is pure, it removes everything from the water and what comes out is water like you would by in a bottle. Like Ldoyle said, soft water has no taste, but if the water before the softner has junk in it, you may still taste it after it leaves the softner. I have an iron filter, water softner/iron filter whole house filter, and a 5 stage reverse osmosis system. The water that comes out my fridge door is now better than most bottled water. The water from the well would make you want to hurl from all the iron in it.
Thanks for all the great info. I think the reverse osmosis is my best best. The softener is going on a brand new house but I still don't like drinking all the xtra stuff.
The water softener adds sodium to the water through the ion exchange process while the calcium and magnesium are removed.
Does the R.O. unit also take out bacteria as it is taking everything out of the water?
I have no clue on the bacteria question. I will have to do some more research. It is a good question, I would have never thought of it. Thank you.
Common solution to a common problem. Since you‚Äôre in the process of building, have your plumber run a water line to your kitchen sink that bypasses the water softener. Water from a softener often tastes bad and remember you'll be cooking with it as well.
Consider installing the soft-water apparatus on the hot side only (at the water-heater) this is the "old-timers way"....The house will have soft water where ever bathing or washing is done (hot or hot/cold mix) but will have non-softened at the cold only side of the faucets....also youre hose-bibs connected to the house system will not be supplying softened water to your plants....erik