If you live in Calgary, you’ve likely experienced ‘hard water’. Alberta has some of the hardest water in Canada, especially from December to February, and especially for those living in South Calgary.
Hard water is nothing to fear, but it can cause some issues that are worth addressing.
‘Hardness’ is when there’s excess calcium and magnesium present in the water. These minerals dissolve in the river system and, once they reach Calgary homes, create scale deposits and buildup in fixtures and appliances. This scaling can block water flow (no one likes a faucet or shower head that doesn’t spray properly) and shorten the lifespan of appliances like washing machines and dishwashers.
Hard water also makes soap less effective, which means you need to use more of it, and you may notice scummy residue on dishes and clothing. Washing your hands or hand washing dishes in hard water from a tap can cause dry skin and problems like eczema.
There are several types of water filtration systems for the home. Some Calgarians will install a house-wide water softening system, which helps treat water coming through showers, bathroom sinks, washing machines, dishwashers and more.
However, because most water softening systems use sodium or potassium to replace hard minerals, it’s best to not have a house-wide system treat potable water. Instead, divert your water softener (if you have one) so it doesn’t add salt to your drinking water, and use a water filter to catch minerals, among other contaminants.
To answer the question: yes, a water filter can soften hard water!
We recommend a cleanly installed, under-the-counter home water filtration system like the WA-2! H Series to keep your water and hands soft, and to keep mineral buildup at bay.
The drinking water is safe to drink because it goes through an advanced treatment plant and rigorous testing process. Sometimes you might taste chlorine due to the disinfection process that keeps our water free from microbes and bacteria. If you notice odd tastes or odors in your water, while it’s perfectly safe to drink, you might consider a water filter to get the purest water possible and eliminate odors along with hard water minerals.
How do you find the water at home? If you have concerns, let us know in the comments - or give us a call at 1-877-689-4009!
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