My spring water gets stored in a concrete cistern in the cellar. It's measuring around 6.0 pH with hardness is around 100 ppm /6 grains/gallon according to the test strips.
I get blue staining in the bath from corroded copper, but no real hard water deposits - at least none that I can see on the outside (baths, sinks, etc)... one pipe I had a chance to look in did not look like it had any serious scaling. I use more soap than I have in other locations, but not an exorbitant amount, and I can get a good enough lather.
I'm concerned about the pipe corrosion from a health and safety perspective. So my questions are:
- Should I be concerned about water hardness now?
- Is my water hardness reading affected by the low pH, or is scaling mitigated by the low pH?
- If I neutralize with calcium carbonate, will I need to worry about water hardness then?
- ...What if I use magnesium oxide?
Plus any advice you have to offer about neutralizing and water softening systems would be awesome :) Thanks !