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Calgary Water Problems

Common water issues in Calgary, and how to fix them

River water from the Bow and Elbow rivers is the primary source of water for the city of Calgary. As with many other cities and provinces in Canada, Calgary enjoys access to a relatively large volume of clean, fresh drinking water thanks to its proximity to rivers and reservoirs. Not without its issues, however, residents of Calgary often note a handful of problems with their tap water. 

Hard, Poor-Quality Water

It’s no secret hard water can be a headache, and Calgarians generally notice at least some of the effects. Limescale buildup’s signature white residue is all too common in Calgary homes, meaning showerheads and fixtures can become easily clogged and run slower, while appliances work harder, using water that’s carrying more than the average volume of minerals and dissolved solids. Other issues might include:

  • Stiff, scratchy laundry
  • Early appliance burnout
  • Higher utility bills
  • Tough-to-clean sinks, toilets, and tubs

Itchy, Dry Skin

Mineral-rich water can also dry skin out more quickly, especially during the cold winter months. Residents of Calgary might notice this manifesting in:

  • Dryer, more brittle hair that’s harder to manage
  • Increase in chapped, chafed skin
  • Aggravation of existing sensitivities, like eczema and other skin allergies

Rotten-Egg and Sulphur Odours

Rotten-egg sulphur smells are a common complaint among residents of Calgary, since water can have a noticeable odour in the Calgary area. Dissolved hydrogen sulphide is cheifly responsible for this unpleasant effect at the tap. A whole-house reverse osmosis system can effectively remove the bacteria causing the odours.

Tip from the Culligan Water Expert

Faucet-mounted water treatment systems can provide local relief for dry, itchy skin.

Did you know?

Canada holds 20% of the world's freshwater — 13% of that is contained in snow and ice.


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