Hard water and poor water qualityWater quality is a concern in many Eastern CT towns. Water can be considered "hard" and it may also have contaminants that can affect your health. Water quality can be affected in both municipal systems and private wells.
It’s called “hard” because it contains excess minerals. Even though most municipal water supplies may be treated for contaminants, they do not always prevent hard water. Hard water causes many problems from discolored sinks to dull dishes to shortening the life of your appliances.
Municipal water treatment also may not prevent all the contaminants that concern you. In particular, your water can be affected in its journey through the plumbing system to your home or if there are conditions nearby, like farm run-off. There may be bacteria that isn't treated by the municipal water treatment. This creates poor water quality.
Signs you have hard water
- Is your glassware dull or does it have water spots?
- Is there soap scum in the sinks and bath tub?
- Is there a bad smell from the water?
- Is there a cloudy, white or greenish film on your faucet, counter tops or icemaker tap?
Signs you have poor water quality
- Have you noticed any suspicious smells in your tap water?
- Does it ever taste bad?
- Does it look suspicious – discolored, cloudy, rusty?
- Is your porcelain or cookware getting discolored?