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    • I'm really confused as to how the heck any form of CaCO3 is actually in the mains water.  Ignoring all the other elements/compounds for a moment, hard water that only has hardness resulting from calcium, will have the following formula:   H2O + Ca2+ + 2HCO3-   There is no CaCO3 in the incoming water, so there cannot be any, in any polymorph, in the water leaving your device unless your device somehow causes CaCO3 to be formed and precipitate out.  It matters not how this formation and precipitation happens, but the fact is that the solubility of CaCO3 in water is such that it would just dissolve again soon after leaving the unit, and the water would once more turn back to H2O + Ca2+ + 2HCO3-   I cannot find any evidence anywhere as to how this process of forming CaCO3 under conditions that are not normally those that would initiate its formation and  precipitation from H2O + Ca2+ + 2HCO3-  actually happens.  What's even more puzzling is how the CaCO3 that is precipitated out of solution in the form of aragonite, isn't then subsequently dissolved again.    Of course it's plain nonsense to suggest that calcite enters the device with the incoming water, it cannot, as mains water that is below super-saturation point doesn't contain any calcite at all.
    • So far I think that @Polly has made a decent fist of representing her firm's product, albeit with a lack of evidence on how it actually works.
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