Water is considered “hard” when your Cambridge water contains higher levels of dissolved calcium and magnesium. It makes cleaning clothes more difficult, creates streaking on dishes and glasses, and makes cleaning your hair and skin and other things well a challenge. You may see white scale build-up on faucets and shower heads as evidence of this problem as well. Other potential issues include damage to water using appliances and also to the plumbing distribution system. There are high efficiency filtration solutions that will condition your water by removing these minerals through the proven ion exchange water softening process.
A water softener is a type of whole house water filtration system that is designed for removing hard water minerals (magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese.
According to The Cambridge Water Department, the hardness of the city’s tap water is typically around 50 to 70 parts per million or 3 to 4 grains per gallon. See the chart below for comparison. For a link to the annual reports, see annual water quality reports.
While symptoms of water quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of laundry, bathroom fixtures, etc. are indicators of problems, the preferred starting point is to get a water test to identify the minerals or contaminants in the water and at what quantity they exist. This will lead to an effective system recommendation and route to providing your home with excellent water quality.
BAD TASTE & ODOR IN WATER
In addition to the above systems described, there are many other types whole house water filtration systems or “point of use” systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water. Starting with a water test will lead to the right approach. For more on bad odors & taste in your water, see the link at http://bad-odor-taste-water/.