Common Frequently Asked Questions regarding Water Quality

Question - What is the “white stuff” on my coffee pot and on my faucets?
Answer - Mineral and calcium tend to turn to solids when water is heated or in contact with air and allowed to evaporate. These minerals are white and accumulate in coffee pots, water heaters, showerheads, and glass doors. These minerals are necessary to meet other standards set forth by the EPA.

TIP: White Vinegar can be used to address issues with the white deposits. For example, it can be effective to clean coffee pots, in addition, partially filling a sandwich bag with it and submerging showerheads and faucets will remove calcium deposits quickly. For individuals who experience spotting from dishwasher use, using a detergent that contains lemon juice properties will prove helpful.

Question - Why do we add Chlorine to water?
Answer - Chlorine is used to disinfect the water and is required by the EPA.

- Should I add a water softener to my house?
Answer - The groundwater hardness is reduced from approximately 300 mg/l to an average of 145 mg/l by the Ion Exchange softening process. The water is then adjusted to provide stable, non-aggressive water that does not affect household plumbing. Homeowners choosing to further reduce hardness with residential softeners should recognize the resulting product may be very aggressive to plumbing and fixtures.

Question - Should I flush my hot water tank?
Answer - To extend the life cycle of electric hot water tanks, the manufactures flushing recommendations must be followed. This would require drawing and flushing the hot water heater one to two times per year. Setting your hot water tank’s thermostat to 130 degrees or lower will serve to reduce tank calcium deposits.

Other Water Facts

  • The Earth contains approximately the same amount of water as it did three (3) billion years ago.

  • Only 1% of the earth’s water is available for drinking, 97% is saltwater and the balance is frozen in glaciers.

  • Approximately two-thirds of the human body is water.

  • One gallon of gasoline can contaminate 750,000 gallons of water. A dripping faucet can waste up to 15 gallons of water per day.

  • Each person in a house uses approximately 100 gallons of water per day. A dairy cow must drink 4 gallons of water to produce one (1) gallon of milk.

  • Water is absolutely necessary for survival. A person can only survive about one (1) week without water.

  • More than 25% of bottled water comes from municipal water supplies or sometimes called tap water.