hard water v bottled water

  sunnystaines 09:49 AM 29 Dec 11
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The reason for my post is we live in a very hard water area which destroys our coffee machine, on the last machine used a brita filter for all its water but no joy despite regular descalling.

its been suggested to use bottled water, but on reading the labels they all have high mineral content does this mean they too are very hard water?

had given up on coffee machines and gone back to the jar, but a recent med holiday got the taste back again for good coffee.

any views, idea's welcome

  Quickbeam 10:15 AM 29 Dec 11

I just use moderately priced paper filter coffee makers that cost no more than 15/20 quid, when the elements fail I just buy another. About 18 months is the normal life of them for me.

  onthelimit1 10:34 AM 29 Dec 11

I haven't tried it, but have you considered something like this

  interzone55 10:39 AM 29 Dec 11

Our water comes from a bore hole at the moment, so is pretty hard. This is annoying because mains water in these parts is lovely.

We use a Brita Maxtra filter, which takes out most of the hardness and my kettle remains largely scale free. Not sure how they'd fair with a high pressure coffee machine.

Aqua Optima Evolve cartridges fit the Maxtra filters and are very cheap on Amazon at the moment

  sunnystaines 13:24 PM 29 Dec 11

onthelimit my plumbing skill are non existant.

alan that is what we used last time the brita maxtra but it did not stop the hard limescale

any other ideas welcome

  Condom 18:12 PM 29 Dec 11

You can get an electronic version which does not need any plumbing skills as all you do is wrap a wire round the inlet pipe a dozen or so times and switch on. Apparently they work well, never need replacing and use minimal electricity. Probably good for all the other electrical appliances which use water like your kettle and washing machine.

If you travel overseas a lot where drinking water is not the norm from the tap you will see many gadgets which do need plumbing in but they not only get rid of scale but most of the other things which worry some people in our water. My apartment in Bangkok has an industrial sized one which gives you drinking water for about 2p a litre which is cheaper than bottled water which is actually very cheap to buy compared to here in the UK. Nestles or Singha bottled water only costs about 30p for 5 litres. Personally I think people are mad to pay for bottles water in the UK.

  Forum Editor 18:42 PM 29 Dec 11

You could always soften your water?

  namtas 19:31 PM 29 Dec 11

"You can get an electronic version which does not need any plumbing skills as all you do is wrap a wire round the inlet pipe a dozen or so times and switch on" Sorry, but if these worked, then all the firms manufacturing water softeners in the world would be out of business overnight.

  morddwyd 19:43 PM 29 Dec 11

"they all have high mineral content does this mean they too are very hard water?"

No. It is only specific minerals that causes "hard" water in the sense we use the term, calcium and magnesium compounds mainly.

Check where your bottled water comes from. If it comes from "deep in the Kentish countryside (or any other hard water area) it may be hard.

If it comes from "the granite of Dartmoor" or similar, it should be soft.

  sunnystaines 19:47 PM 29 Dec 11

thank you for the continue replies, they are useful.

  Forum Editor 23:05 PM 29 Dec 11

namtas

"Sorry, but if these worked, then all the firms manufacturing water softeners in the world would be out of business overnight."

I doubt it. The electronic devices don't 'soften' hard water, they remove and prevent limescale formation, and the better ones are extremely effective.

Drinking hard water reduces your risk of heart disease.

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