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Common Water Issues in Ketchikan

Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

Drinking water in Ketchikan comes from 11 square miles of watershed in the area surrounding Granite Creek. Made up of raw surface water, the supply is chlorinated and then treated with ultraviolet light and chloramines at the Bear Valley Reservoir to remove viruses, bacteria, and other surface contaminants before distribution.

Colored Water

As Ketchikan's water travels over the surface of the land, it's exposed to contaminants and is particularly vulnerable to metals from storm runoff. Iron and manganese are most often the reason behind Ketchikan's colored water, making it look rusty red and giving it a metallic taste. Colored water may also stain laundry or cause rust-colored stains in sinks and toilets.

Poor Quality

Because Ketchikan's water supply is made up of raw surface water, contaminant exposure ranges from natural organic material like human and wildlife matter to inorganic compounds, synthetic chemicals, and other organics. The result is poor-quality drinking water that must be heavily treated to be safe for consumption.

General Bad Taste

Ketchikan's water tests high in turbidity, which means it often takes on a cloudy appearance. Turbidity is caused by matter like clay, silt, or other particles that are suspended in the water, interfering with the water's clarity. While turbidity generally has no effect on the safety of drinking water, it can scratch pipes or stain sinks.

  • Water treatment — Ketchikan's drinking water is treated first with chlorine and then with chloramines — a combination of chlorine and ammonia. While this treatment cuts down on hazardous byproducts, it may give drinking water in Ketchikan a bad taste or chlorinated odor.
  • High metal levels — As noted, Ketchikan's water includes storm runoff, which is often high in metals. Both manganese and iron may produce a funny or metallic taste in drinking water.

If you're tired of cloudy, discolored, or hard drinking water, let Culligan help. With a simple, free Culligan water test, we'll help you get to the root of the problem and offer solutions for how to solve it.

Cloudy Water

Tips From the Culligan Man

Moisturize daily to combat the effects of hard water on your skin.

Did You Know

Ketchikan's water is cleaned twice - once with chlorine and again with chloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia.


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