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Common Water Issues in Anchorage

Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

Anchorage's primary water source is the glacier-fed Eklutna Lake in Chugach State Park. This mountain lake's seclusion makes it less susceptible to contaminants that occur naturally in larger water sources. Rain and melted snow that drain from the Chugach Mountain Range are another important water source for Anchorage. As water from these sources moves over the land it has a tendency to accumulate dissolved minerals and various contaminants from human and animal activities, which can lead to issues with the water's quality.

Lime Buildup or White Scale

Limescale is caused by hard, chalky deposits that collect on your fixtures, appliances, and surfaces. A result of dissolved minerals in hard water, lime buildup attaches strongly to any hard surface, making it difficult to remove. It typically causes:

  • Clogged faucets and showerheads
  • Buildup in pots and pans
  • Underperforming appliances
  • Rings around sinks and tubs

General Bad Taste

  • Chlorine by-products — Some of the most common causes of Anchorage's foul-smelling water are chlorine by-products. These chemicals form when chlorine combines with tiny plant material in the water before it reaches your home.
  • Fishy or earthy smells — Not uncommon for Anchorage, this is typically the result of chlorine and/or ammonia by-products.

Stains or Colored Water

Chlorine and chlorine by-products can also cause a host of other problems, including discoloration. While it may not be harmful, tinted water can leave stains around sinks and tubs, as well as on laundry and linens.

Tips From the Culligan Water Expert

Save water by turning the tap off while brushing your teeth.

Did You Know

The total length of the Anchorage water and sewer pipe network exceeds 1,500 miles.


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