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Is There Any Signs of Hard Water in the City?

Tuesday, June 29th

City Water Tower

Did you know that as high as 86 percent of people in the United States get their water from a public water-supply system? Yes, believe it or not municipal (city) water is becoming more and more common these days with the global population growing rapidly. Before water can reach your home, the city will filter, disinfect, and sometimes supplement that water.

It is common for people to assume that once the municipality goes through this extensive water treatment process, the water must be fine by the time it reaches their home. The truth is city water still needs to be addressed in the home to assure you and your family are getting high quality water and are safe from unwanted contaminants.

How Do I Know if I Have City Water?

It could be you are a new homeowner or maybe you just haven’t given any thought to the idea of how the water in your home gets there in the first place. If you are ever left wondering what type of water you have, there are a few telltale signs to help you find out.

-Do you receive a water bill? If your home is using city water, that means you should be receiving a water bill in the mail from your local utilities company. This money is used for treating the water and getting that water to your home. Well water, on the other hand, you do not have to pay per gallon used, but it is the homeowner’s responsibility to keep up with maintenance and other expenses that come with owning that well.

-Is there a water meter located on your property? City water homes will usually have a water meter somewhere on the premises that’s purpose is to record how much water you are using.

-Do you notice a pressure tank or water pump near the home? If so, then you certainly have well water and not city water. Water from a well works in part with a pressure tank system to maintain constant water pressure to the house.

You have now solidified that indeed you have city water. If the city is treating your water, then it should be good to use for your everyday needs, right? Well, not necessarily.  

Do I Have to Treat my Water if it Comes from The City?

There are two common complaints that come from people living with city water: there are signs of hard water and high levels of chlorine. Homes in urban areas are still susceptible to hard water minerals, like calcium and magnesium, because municipal water treatment usually does not remove these because they are not harmful to your health, but they do have some aesthetic and financial affects. Signs of hard water can be an excessive amount of limescale and soap scum that build up on your shower walls and faucets.

Your fixtures are not the only things that suffer from poor water quality. Hard water is also known to have negative effects on the human body, like dry skin and damaged hair. Frizziness and breakage are just some of the signs of hard water on your hair that you may notice after taking a shower. The buildup of calcium and magnesium produces a layer of “film” on the hair which prevents moisture from getting into the hair shaft, leaving it brittle. Another sign of hard water on your hair is a dry scalp.

Another common complaint from homeowners living with city water has to do with the high levels of chlorine in their water. Municipalities will add chlorine to the water to help prevent bacteria contamination when the water leaves their facility.  While this seems like a good thing on paper, homeowners are often left with a chlorine taste and smell to their water by the time it reaches their home. The odor is not only irritating, but chlorine is also notorious for drying out your skin and hair.

Luckily, you are not helpless if you encounter any of these negative effects from hard water or chlorine. There are many solutions to your city water problems, like installing a water softener or filtration system.

City Water Solutions

Once you have identified that you are on city water, and you start to notice some of the signs of hard water and other common complaints associated with city water, it is time to work on a solution to the problem. Choosing the correct water treatment system for your specific problem is best achieved by contacting a professional. Your local Evolve dealer has many unique solutions to common (and not so common) water issues. One of the more popular solutions for residential water is the EVRC Water Softener. This product is unique in that it has two types of water treatment media opposed to just one. Water softening resin in the unit removes the hardness and carbon finishes the job by filtering out the chlorine left over. The end result? Those signs of hard water you were noticing should dissipate and your water will no longer have the dreaded swimming pool-like taste and smell.

If you are having trouble with your city water, reach out to an authorized Evolve Series dealer today. They will gladly come out to your home, test your water, and come up with the optimal solution so you and your family can enjoy clean, soft water every day!