Is It the Water or the Installation?
About six months ago we had a whole house water softening system installed by Kinetico and opted for a reverse osmosis system for our kitchen drinking water. We disliked the taste of the RO water so we had it removed and ran a separate, non-softened line to the drinking faucet, leaving in the Kinetico faucet, by-passing the softening unit, and installing a separate water filter to remove the iron from the well water. Basically, we wanted to put our drinking water back to the way it was pre-Kinetico but it isn't behaving like the ol' water we've had for the last 30 years.
When the plumber was installing the separate line for drinking he said that the Kinetico installer had plumbed something against code. Can't quote me on this but I think it had something to do with how the RO system drained. He said that he fixed it so we were kosher.
What is different is that there are millions of tiny bubbles in the drinking water now, and less in the softened water but more than ever existed pre-Kinetico. For example, I used to change the dog's water twice a day when feeding. When I go to dump the old water, the entire bottom of his dish is nothing but very small bubbles. If I leave a glass of water for an hour-and-a-half or two, just sitting, it will develop thousands of these tiny bubbles along the sides and bottom of the glass. If I compare it to the softened water, the treated water has perhaps one-tenth of the bubbles. If I compare it to bottled water, say Poland Springs, there are no bubbles. I even notice bubbled water clinging to the inside door and bottom surface of the dishwashing machine.
The Kinetico faucet for the drinking water doesn't have an aerator but it is a very slender gooseneck. The kitchen faucet is the same one we've had for the last 16 years.
Any clues why the bubbly? And is it OK to drink? It tastes the same as the old water but I'm nervous and have taken to buying bottled water -- insane after spending all that money to get this elaborate plumbing system.