HARD WATER

One of the most common problems found in water is hardness, which derives from an overabundance of calcium and/or magnesium carbonate that has dissolved in the water. Hard water, also known as limescale, has not been shown to cause health problems but can be an issue as it can cause soap curds, spotting, and deposits to form in pipes, plumbing fixtures and appliances. Over time this can reduce the diameter of the pipes and decrease your flow rate or damage your plumbing.

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ODORS, TASTES AND CHLORINE

Water can have an unpleasant odor, taste, or appearance. This can occur naturally or be chemically induced with Chlorine. These aesthetic characteristics typically do not pose a public health threat; however mounting evidence is starting to show the long-term health effects of Chlorine. State rules require public water systems to treat aesthetic water quality problems, therefore you may have exposure. Most people want their water to look, taste, smell good and have a piece of mind that it is clean and of high quality.

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SEDIMENT, SAND, SILT & TURBIDITY

Turbidity is the measure of relative clarity of a liquid. It is a visual characteristic of water and an expression of the amount of light that is scattered by materials in the water when a light is shined through. The higher the intensity of scattered light, the higher the turbidity. It is typically found that sediments, dirt, sand, silt and rust can make your water contain higher levels of turbidity. This can also be true for organic materials such as algae, soluble colored organic compounds, and other microscopic organisms.

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BACTERIA AND VIRUSES

Bacteria and viruses are microorganisms regulated by the EPA's Maximum Contaminant Levels criteria. Bacteria are typically single-celled microorganisms which can cause health problems, while viruses, are small and are often associated with disease of fecal origin and transmitted by waterborne infection.

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TOTAL DISSOLVED SOLIDS

Total dissolved solids or “TDS” are the contaminants and solids found in your water, which are primarily made up of minerals such as Chlorides or “salts”. Measuring total dissolved solids is typically done with a TDS meter and measured results are given in parts per million PPM or parts per billion PPB. This growing concern contributes to a salty taste of water and it has been determined that more than 75% of the United States is affected by this common water problem.

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