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.
The Sears over by me has 20 year olds working there. I hardly think the kids
would be capable of giving me accurate data. They don't even have to type
anyhting into a cash register or figure out change.
i don't believe they are dummies I think in general they could give a fuck
about customer service. So in general at most large retail stores I try to not
have to communicate whatsoever with any employee other than the check out girl.
My eyes went all googly to have seen *rsnyder* write this:
I seem to think that, in general, lake water tends to be much "softer" than
wellwater which comes from underground (duh), and most, if not all, of Chicago's
water comes from Lake Michigan.
Good recommendation to get a pH tester from any fish store. It's very easy to
use and they're pretty accurate. One can also get a chlorine tester, too, if
one feels the need to test that as well.
I should think that it's never a bad idea to have some sort water filtration,
whether in-line or separate, since Rudy knows what's in anyone's water anymore,
regardless of its source.
Since you live in Watertown, NY, just wondering if you ever heard of
Malone, NY ? Just curious because my dad was raised there and I
remember some cold Christmas visits there. I was a product of NYC so
Malone was a bit different to me years ago. I wonder what Malone or
the like is like nowadays?
Because it's not about just a shower head, if you have hard water it
lowers the life span of hot water heaters, dish washers and washing
machines. Also you end up spending more on soap and cleaning products.
It's not just the water heater: hard water builds up scale inside your
pipes. After a few decades, they clog up and your entire house needs
to be re-plumbed.
So yeah. it's cheaper in the long run to install a water softener.
"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that
the dunces are all in confederacy against him."
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