Please help! I am no tech genius and need to buy a shower-head. When I
went to Consumer Reports, it ranks them according to whether the water
is hard or soft. So, is Chicago water hard or soft? Thanks.
if you get white calcium buildups on stuff, it's hard. My shower
curtain went from clear to white after 18 months use... if that tells
you anything. We've got some really hard stuff here.
Taste it... hard water tastes...well, funny.
Also, soap doesn't "sud up" as well in hard water... that may help.
Valley Center, KS
You might wanna try washing it.
I have a clear curtain and very hard well water. I throw my curtain in the
wash at least once a month. It comes out as clear as the day I bought it.
I can't imagine how nasty yours must be.
My hard water is the sweetest coldest water I've ever tasted.
On 10 Nov 2006 08:26:24 -0800, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
But you can't rinse off in really soft water.
I lived in Chicago 6 years. IIRC, it was in the middle between hard
Yes, there are intakes about a mile out into the lake where the city
gets water. You can just see them from the shore. One of my bosses
was a worker, or foreman, buiding one of the water tunnels/
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If you're willing to spend a few bucks finding out,
go to a pet store and pick up a hardness test kit.
Aquarium owners use them for tropical fish.
Or, just ask the person in the fish section of the
pet store. They're usually familiar with the local
Most any municipal water has some hardness. To find the degree of it, take
a sample to anyone selling water treatment equipment and they will do a
simple test (usually for free) and tell you what the hardness is.
You can also call the Water Department for information.
In Rochester NY, about a tenth the size of Chicago, we have three completely
different water supplies. I expect Chicago has a few also. Call your water
Someone said lake water was soft; ours is pretty hard. Not horribly hard
like most wells, but hard.
Until the early 1990's, DuPage Co. was on wells. You had to shlep those
for the softner and I still had a funky dry patch on my hand that
didn't heal until
the Lake water turned on. Most of Will and Kane is still on wells, and
how far that toxic plume from Argonne has spread thru the aquafiers.
rules !! Cheese Heads keep your sludge out...JG
I have city water from Lake Michigan. No water softener and no
problems. Water softeners are quite uncommon here.
In contrast to Austin Texas where the water was ridiculously hard and
many many people had water softeners.
An easy and reliable indicator of the "hardness" of a community's water supply
is to simply drive by a local grocery or hardware store. If there are pallets
and pallets of softener salt out front, the water is hard.
I went to Sears and they will give you a bottle to bring in a sample of
water. They test it right there in front of you for hardness and Ph.
They'll ask you some questions about taste, color, and smell of your
water. They will then give you some recommendations of what you need,
no need to buy though. I got mine tested a little while ago and had a
hardness of 22, which is extremely hard. I live near Watertown, NY and
have a dug well.
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