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    Ontario Water Quality Facts and Drinking Water Problems


    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 Hanover, and how to fix them

    Hanover may be farther inland than some of its surrounding Ontario cities, but water is still an important and valued resource here. While water treatment, filtration, and distribution are top priorities, there are still a few minor water issues you can avoid.

    Hard, Poor-Quality Water

    Hard water can leave your fixtures looking spotty, your skin dry, and your hair limp. It also can taste or smell funny. Consider a water softener — we guarantee you’ll notice a difference.

    Spotty, Cloudy Glassware

    No one likes cloudy water spots on their freshly cleaned dishes. Hanover water can contain high levels of minerals and sediments that can leave your glassware looking anything but sparkly clean.

    Soap Scum and Residue

    When soap and hard water combine, you get soap scum. This unsightly residue can often be found:

    • In sinks
    • On shower doors
    • In bathtubs

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    Schedule an appointment now for your free in-home water test or phone consultation. Your local Culligan water expert will help you find the best solution for getting cleaner, safer water in your home.

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