Cambridge Water Hardness Issues and Solutions 

If you live in Cambridge, Ontario, then this post about Cambridge water hardness issues and solutions will be especially relevant to you. Cambridge is beautifully situated at the convergence of the Grand and Speed Rivers, but it does have some unique water hardness challenges. Don't be too put off, however, because these issues can be solved! Read on to find out more about Cambridge's water hardness problems and discover some valuable solutions. If you are concerned about the hardness of your water and would like to do something about it, contact the knowledgeable and helpful staff at WaterSmart today.



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Cambridge water hardness Issues and Solutions

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Cambridge Water Hardness Issues and Solutions


As you read on, you will discover what it means when someone says that Cambridge's water is hard. We will explain how hard Cambridge's water actually is and give you a comparison to the rest of Canada. We will also discuss why hard water is a problem, and what can be done to solve this problem.


What Does It Mean That Cambridge Has Hard Water?


This means that the water in Cambridge contains large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium.  The groundwater in Cambridge is hard, meaning that it has naturally occurring dissolved calcium and magnesium. You can learn more about water hardness by clicking here. Water hardness is measured in milligrams per litre, which can also be called parts per million or ppm. Another very common way to refer to your water hardness is in grains per U.S. gallon (gpg).


How Hard Is Cambridge's Water?


Cambridge has some of the hardest water in all of Canada. The city ranges between 20 and 32 grains per gallon (gpg) or 342 and 548 parts per million (ppm). The water hardness average across Canada is only 10.5 gpg. That means that Cambridge's water is about 2 to 3 times harder than the Canadian average! To put that into perspective, look at the following chart which shows the average water hardness levels of various cities across Canada.


Cambridge water hardness Issues and Solutions



What Is The Water Hardness Level In My Area?


There is a wide range of water hardness levels amongst the different areas of the city of Cambridge. The hardest water in Cambridge is found in the southernmost tip of the city and along the west bank of the Grand River in the far south of the city. To find out the exact level of hardness for your particular area of Cambridge, click here.






Why Is Hard Water A Problem?



Even though there are no apparent health risks to drinking hard water, some people find the taste unpleasant. Even though it is safe to drink, having hard water can cause a number of issues in your home. Some of these problems include:

  • Damage to your dishwasher, washing machine, and hot water heater due to mineral build-up
  • Calcium build-up in your shower
  • Sink and toilet bowl stains
  • Damage to your plumbing pipes
  • Difficulties getting your dishes and laundry clean
  • Damage to your clothing, causing it to wear out faster

Cambridge Water Hardness Solutions


Installing a water softener will remove the minerals and make your water soft. To find out how a water softener removes these minerals, click here.  There are many different types of water softeners on the market. It is important to purchase a water softener that can handle the amount of hardness in your water, keeping up with the amount of water that your family uses. To determine the size of water softener that you require, click here.


Where Should I Buy A Water Softener?


Plumber Series


Econo II Series


Premier Series


Signature Series



Because of the unique and challenging water hardness issues found in the city of Cambridge, it is a good idea to purchase a water softener from a company that is familiar with the Cambridge area. WaterSmart is a locally owned and operated business. For over 25 years, we have been helping the residents of Cambridge solve their hard water issues. We know Cambridge because we live here too.


The professionals at WaterSmart can help you calculate your exact water hardness level and corresponding softening needs to determine the appropriate softener for you. We will then install and program your softener so that it operates with the highest efficiency. We will also teach you how to operate and maintain it. Contact the water softener experts at WaterSmart today, and we will gladly answer all of your water-related questions.