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Water Facts

Over two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water, but less than 0.3% of the earth’s total water supply is usable by humans. The demand on water supplies is growing exponentially. Clearly, understanding and using scarce water resources wisely is vital. Our very survival as a species depends on it.

Severe drought conditions, weather anomalies, and overpopulation have made things worse than ever before. Governments around the world at all levels are investing hundreds of billions of dollars to improve infrastructure and water quality standards.

Before water ever gets to your glass, bath, or business, it travels a tortuous path through the environment. As nature’s strongest solvent, water dissolves a little bit of everything it touches, allowing many organic and inorganic pollutants to mix with it.

Minerals and impurities in water have created a hard water epidemic that, along with other waterborne health hazards such as chlorine, a widely recognized carcinogen, is increasingly becoming headline news.

Hard water slowly destroys everything it touches and, when left untreated, costs you money, ruins your lifestyle, and can even lower the value of your home.

Even very low levels of hardness and other inorganic metals and minerals can react with soaps and detergents to form a gummy, insoluble curd that clings stubbornly to everything it touches. The ring around your bathtub is curd. That same curd causes your hair to become dull and hard to manage.

Soap curd clogs the pores of your skin and prevents your natural oils from moisturizing your skin. This dryness can cause itching and even aggravate skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Soap curd is especially noticeable by the scummy film that it forms on dishes, glassware, walls, and floors.

Hardness and other dissolved solids combine to form the residue you see as spots on glasses, crockery, cutlery, and shower enclosures.

Laundry washed in hard water takes on a gray color and wears out faster than expected. It’s almost impossible to wash clothes white, even when you use large amounts of detergent and bleach, with hard water in your washing machine.

Minerals and insoluble particles in tap water can trap dirt and soap curd in the fabric of your clothes and linens. This inorganic sludge can create a breeding ground for bacteria, in addition to giving whites a dull, gray, washed-out look and making the fibers rough and brittle. Your clothes and linens then feel harsh and rough, deteriorating much faster.

Vegetables, such as peas and beans, become tough and unpalatable when cooked in hard water. Furthermore, cooking with hard water contaminates your food with hard minerals and metals, yielding an unpleasant taste. Additionally, tea, coffee, and other beverages prepared with hard water taste awful and often contain flakes of hardness and other inorganic contaminants.

Water heaters, humidifiers, boilers, and household pipes become lined with an increasingly thick layer of calcium and magnesium scale. As this scale builds up, the water flow in your pipes diminishes to such a point that new piping is sometimes the only solution to remedy the situation. Hard water scale inside the water heater forms a rocky insulating layer that, according to the US Department of Energy, can force a water heater to use up to 30% more energy to heat your water.

In conclusion, we provide this unnerving fact. Hard water and inorganic minerals are found in more than 85% of water in the United States.

Contact us in Richland, Washington, to get all the facts from the water-conditioning company you trust.