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Ontario Water Quality Facts and Drinking Water Problems

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The most populous province, Ontario shoulders the largest provincial water sourcing and distribution burden in the country. Bordering four of the Great Lakes, these massive bodies of water supply 80% of Ontarians with drinking water. The province relies not only on lakes but also on Ontario’s many rivers and its proximity to Hudson and James bays to provide water for regional mining, manufacturing, and agriculture.

With much of Ontario’s water serving many purposes, the likelihood of contamination and water quality issues can be high. As a result, the province has struggled with a history of moderate groundwater pollution as a result of municipal waste, industry runoff, and fertilizer contaminants. While many of these concerns have been addressed, it’s still common for residents’ tap water to be hard or of generally poor quality. In some areas, water supplies may be impacted by dissolved solids and metal content, which can leave stains behind and cause slight discolouration. In addition to mitigating factors affecting Ontario’s water resources, it’s estimated roughly 140,000 residents across about 42 rural communities don’t have municipal water systems — they rely on independent (sometimes unregulated) or well water systems for use in their homes and businesses.

Your local Ontario Culligan Water Expert is an expert on your water, can test it to determine any problems, and provide the best way to address them.

Common water issues in London, and how to fix them

Water isn’t something taken lightly in London. The city conducts more than 12,000 water quality tests every year! But just because water passes regulatory requirements doesn’t always mean it’s without a few issues.

Hard, Poor-Quality Water

Just because hard water is common, doesn’t mean it’s great for us — or our homes. Hard water can lead to:

  • Buildup on water fixtures, like faucets and showerheads
  • Residue on glasses and dishware
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Stiff and scratchy laundry

Scale Buildup and Whitish, Cloudy Water

Water from nearby lakes is a huge part of London’s water supply. Lake water can often be high in mineral content, leading to cloudy or coloured water and scale buildup on faucets and fixtures.

Sulphur or Rotten-Egg Smell

Just because it’s not bad for you doesn’t mean it smells good! Water high in hydrogen sulphide can make your water, coffee, and tea stink. And no one wants that.

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