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Posted 4/20/2006

Why naturally soft and softened water are not the same

Water Quality Association (WQA) Technical Director Joseph F. Harrison, CWS-VI, PE, will present his paper, "Why naturally soft and softened water are not the same," at an upcoming conference studying potential benefits of drinking hard water.

The International Symposium on Health Aspects of Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking Water is April 24-26, 2006, in Baltimore, Maryland USA. NSF International, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are producing the event.

Harrison is among a number of experts who will debate the issue. The Water Quality Association (WQA) believes the current evidence is inconclusive, citing more research is needed. The association also warns that such a finding could negatively affect consumers’ perceptions of home water treatment, bottled water, and even naturally soft municipal water supplies – drinking water sources that are otherwise safe and healthy.

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