- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2009
We had our water tested last night and we are both amazed at how much junk is in St Louis City water. It’s pretty bad. I’ve always known that water is treated with a variety of chemicals, including Chlorine to treat bacteria and parasites. But it’s amazing how high it is. It’s even high in our filtered water coming out of our fridge. Also the sulfur count is high, but that’s because of the land around us.
However, after having our water tested, we’re thinking about investing in a Hague WaterMax filter/softener system. Our water is so hard there is soap residue on all our towels still, and hard water isn’t as effective as soft water because the mineral build up inhibits the ability of water to do its job. We will break even within 5 years (based on how much we spend each month on cleaning supplies) and that’s only if there’s 2 of us. With kids we’d break even faster
They aren’t cheap at all, but the investment DOES pay off because we can move away from things like Tide and Cascade and use the free soap from the company (a perk I guess). For instance, we can use a TABLESPOON of laundry detergent for each wash.
If you’ve got one, how do you feel about it? If you don’t have one, would you consider one after learning there 12 grains of hardness in your water? 10.5+ grains is “very hard”
Thoughts? DH is really interested–he thinks Chlorine, Ammonia, Sulfur, Flouride, etc in our water is too much and we should go as pure as we can. I understand the precipitation and titration “experiments” the guy was doing for us, so there’s no fooling this chemistry major but still….is it worth it?