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.
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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.
I lived in Chicago, and found my tap water to be a Ph of 7.7-7.8, so I
guess you could say it is slightly hard. Calcium build-up is not quite
so bad there. Nothing like where I live now in New Mexico. Mark
Years ago I had a large fish tank for quite some time. I think the main
tests I used to do were PH, Hardness, Total Alkalinity. These are older
memories so don't hold me to it.
So I'd say they may/may not be related but they are definately not the
same. I imagine people familiar with pool water would be up on this.
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