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Sodium and Water Softeners

Whenever you are using sodium with a water ionizer you should use caution. Sodium is a unique mineral and it's highly electrically conductive, so sometimes when wanting strongest ionization people will add sodium.  However, sodium is also corrosive, and if used too much it could corrode the plates of your water ionizer. These are platinum coated, titanium plates which will probably last a thousand years without corroding. There aren't too many minerals that could do any damage to platinum (one of the densest minerals on the planet) however sodium is one mineral that could do it. Therefore, I suggest that any time you use sodium with a water ionizer you rinse it thoroughly after such use. What I mean by that is to remove all sodium from the source water and then run the water ionizer for a quart or two of regular ionized or filtered water. This will ensure no sodium is left in the water cell when you turn your machine off.

Do You Use a Whole House Water Softener?

Water Ionizers should not be used in conjunction with high levels of sodium, such as with water softeners. Here's the reason and solution for the problem:

Water Ionizers: Sodium, Water Softeners

If you use a sodium or potassium based water softener [or if you live in an area that has very high levels of sodium in your water] you most likely shouldn't hook up to a water ionizer with that water. There are ways to pre-filter the sodium out of the water, and the most customary way is to use a reverse osmosis system. If you do already have a reverse osmosis unit, then make sure you use a remineralizer filter with it. If you don't already have RO [reverse osmosis] I encourage you to get ours, because it comes already configured with a remineralizer.

Sodium is an abrasive mineral and it's also electrically conductive. Because it's also highly alkaline it will concentrate in your alkaline ionized water, possibly making your ionized water too salty for healthy consumption. Too much sodium in your diet can be unhealthy especially if you have high blood-pressure or other health condition.

The fact that sodium is electrically conductive and abrasive makes it a threat to the plates of your water ionizer as well. A water ionizer puts electricity through the water. It may be fine to use extra sodium once in a while [such as with the Enagic's "saline port"], but it may interfere with the ionizer's ability to ionize and even hurt the water ionizer if you continuously used water that was too high in sodium. Most water ionizer companies won't cover damage due to use of sodium.

What can you do to fix this problem?

  • Install a reverse osmosis system which also remineralizes the water properly.
    Reverse Osmosis: RO is actually the best filtration, and it is great for eliminating hardness and sodium from your water. The Reverse-Osmosis-Remineralizer-System we sell was designed specifically to work with a water ionizer at a flow rate of 1.5 liters per minute. RO will remove up to 99.9% contaminants, it also removes salt and 100% of germs and viruses. You need a big enough tank and a suitable membrane. So, choose your RO systems with care. Also, make sure you get an ionizer that will allow slower flow rates if you're hooking into a reverse osmosis system.
  • Another option to use with whole house water softeners is to bypass the water softener with a dedicated line to your water ionizer. This can be done by…
    • either making all the cold water in your house un-softened [i.e., bypass the softener for the cold water]. A lot of people do this.
    • or, install a direct line to your water ionizer which bypasses the softener.

Note: If your water is too terribly hard [over 300 ppm of hardness]...we suggest you use the reverse osmosis option.