The water we use for various purposes in life everyday can be basically categorized into two types, soft water and hard water. When the water is low in its mineral contents such as iron, magnesium, calcium and others then it is soft water and on the other hand when the concentration of the mentioned minerals is high in the water then it is known as hard water.
Hard water is not at all suitable for drinking, cleaning, washing and other purposes while soft water is the most suitable one. There are many areas where the water is extremely hard and therefore it is mandatory in those places to implement some procedures that will help in removing the hardness from the water. In order to perform the procedures, a well devised water softening plant needs to be planned and thus there won’t be any hassle in procuring soft water.
One can find a unit for softening water in a mineral water or a packaged drinking water plant as these are the places that work with the motto of offering the purest water. At a water softening plant the softeners that are used can be classified into five main categories, namely, manual, semi-automatic, automatic, demand initiated regeneration (DIR) and off-site regeneration.
There are both advantages and disadvantages of using the softeners. As the water becomes soft, it enhances the durability of the appliances like washing machine, water heater, dishwasher and others that use water. The clothes which are washed with soft water also remain in good condition for a long time retaining the colour and softness for a long time.
On the other hand it is never recommended to water indoor plants, lawns and gardens as they contain high amount of sodium and that can be really harmful for the plants. For the same reason, it is not advisable to drink the soft water as the sodium content is not healthy as well.