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Common Contaminants in Southern Alberta

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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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Cloudy, dirty water is caused by sediments. These come from sand, dirt or other inorganic matter getting into wells, or by run-off of matter into the water supply. The cloudiness is simply these materials floating in the water. Sediments are more of a visual concern for people and can be removed by most filtration systems. Learn more about sediments and how you can reduce these contaminants in your water.

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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.

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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Microbiologicals include any type of organic materials such as algae, mold and bacteria. These materials cause your water to taste and smell earthy or woody. State and federal governments require water distribution centers to provide biologically safe water, but private wells do not.  Learn more about microbes and how you can reduce these contaminants in your water.

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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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