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Old 04-26-2010, 02:34 PM   #1
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Should I install my whole house filter ahead of the water softner of after?

Also, should softened water be used for kitchen sink?

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What kind of "whole house filter" do you have and why do you have it?

If it is a simple mechanical filter it may not be needed at all with a softener.

I would use softened water at all indoor fixtures with two possible exceptions:

1. If your local code dictates otherwise; or
2. If you want a source of unsoftened water for drinking--individuals on a sodium restricted diet are usually advised to avoid drinking softened water.

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We have a filter similar to the one below. We also have an undersink RO system.
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We have a filter similar to the one below. We also have an undersink RO system.
Reason for the hole house filter? Sand ? or some thing like that?
If I was doing a hole house it would be a Big Blue or the filter would be 4"x10".. I would only use the small one that you have a photo of for under the sink.
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The filter you posted is small and appears to be for particulate matter. I don't think you need it before or after a softener and recommend you do not use it with a softener. It could be installed before the RO unit but most RO units have particulate filters included.
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My personal preference for the soft water distribution in my house is to have soft water to all faucets and appliances except kitchen sink cold water supply and at least one outside hose bib.

My reasoning for the kitchen sink cold supply is that I prefer the taste of coffee made with cold unsoftened water and that's where I usually get the water for the indoor house plants. The reason to leave one outside hose bib supplied with unsoftened water is for watering the lawn and plants. I have soft water supplied to the hose bib near the driveway for washing vehicles.
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The best tasting coffee uses RO water that removes all the minerals because it is what is dissolved into water that gives water a good or bad taste. And we tend to lean toward what we grew up with. The best water for plants, RO water.

7.85 mg/l (l=liter= roughly a quart) of added sodium per gpg of compensated hardness is added by a water softener. And usually the added sodium is the same or less found in a slice of white bread and way less than a glass of skim milk or V8 juice etc. etc..

Those that run hard cold water to a sink to get rid of sodium and mistakenly believe they get a benefit from the minerals in hard water, you have to drink a lot of hard water to get any benefits from doing that. And drinking that volume of water is harmful.

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