Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?

If the water where you live is hard, you might wonder is hard water safe to drink? That is a good question. In this post we will discuss what hard water is, the effects of hard water and whether it is safe to drink. We will also include information about the water hardness levels of the water in and around the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph areas. If you have hard water and would like to know more about how a water softener could improve the quality of your water, contact the water experts at WaterSmart.


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What Is Hard Water?

 Hard water is water that has large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The hardness of water is measured in milligrams per litre. Water is considered hard if it has between 121 and 180 mg/litre of these minerals or very hard if it has over 180 mg/litre. The following is a graph depicting the different classes of water hardness.


What Are The Effects Of Hard Water?

 Hard water can cause mineral build-up in your pipes and appliances, and can affect the heating efficiency of the elements in your hot water heater. You may also notice a film forming on your dishes and residue left behind on bathroom faucets and fixtures. Some people notice that hard water makes their laundry feel stiff and less vibrant. They also complain that soaps and shampoos make less lather if used with hard water.


Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?

 According to, the minerals that cause your water to be hard, namely calcium and magnesium, are safe to consume. They do however, cause other problems such as scale build up on your pipes, appliances, dishes, and water heaters.


Want To Solve Your Hard Water Problem?

 A water softener can help you solve your hard water problem. The professionals at WaterSmart can help you choose the most effective water softener for the level of hardness in your particular area. 

We have been servicing the KW region for more than two decades, so we understand the special requirements and settings necessary to ensure that your new water softener will function with maximum efficiency. Our customers have come to recognize us as a company who provides superior customer service combined with the highest quality products at the best prices. Contact the water softener specialists at WaterSmart today.



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