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Hard Water

Hard water is caused by high mineral content in the water. These minerals are calcium and magnesium. They accumulate in your water through the water’s natural cycle. Calcium and magnesium leech to water as it runs over rocks and through soil. The threat of hard water varies across the country. Do you live in a hard water area? Learn more about hard water and how you can reduce these contaminants.

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If your water ever tastes metallic or leaves behind a distinct reddish stain, iron is present. Much like hard water, iron is present because the water is flowing over iron-bearing rocks. There are 2 types of iron contamination: ferrous and ferric. A water softener is the best way to fight back against iron. Learn more about the iron types and how you can reduce these contaminants.

EWS_Eggs2Hydrogen Sulfide

The smell of rotten eggs is not pleasant. You can blame this on hydrogen sulfide. This gas smells like sulfur and is created by oil deposits and decaying vegetation beneath the earth’s surface. It gets in your water through metal corrosion and having a faulty water heater. Learn more about hydrogen sulfide and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.

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Nitrates often find their way into your water supply through the use of fertilizer. Spring water is vulnerable to this type of contamination when excess fertilizer isn’t fully absorbed by soil or crops. People in rural communities should test their water for nitrates because it is odorless and tasteless. Learn more about nitrates and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.

EWS_bleachChlorine & Chloramines

Chlorine is often used as a disinfectant. It’s commonly found in swimming pools so bacteria doesn’t collect in the water making it smell. Many water treatment centers add chlorine to their water so harmful bacteria doesn’t make its way to your house. But too much chlorine can be harmful toward your health. Learn more about chloramines and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.

Manganese

Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral that lives in sediment, rocks and soil. Manganese is an essential mineral, but a high concentration can be unhealthy to you and your home. The mineral leaves dark marks on water-using appliances and can stain sinks and drains. Learn more about manganese and how you can reduce this contaminant in your water.


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