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Cranbrook, BC Water Problems

Common water issues in Cranbrook, and how to fix them

South of the St. Mary River and north of Elizabeth and Moyie lakes, the geography of Cranbrook — like much of surrounding British Columbia — makes it an ideal location to access fresh, plentiful drinking water. Despite its wealth of natural resources, the city still struggles with some very common province-wide water complaints.

Hard, Poor-Quality Water

Well water in Cranbrook is typically on the hard side of average, which can cause stress on water-using appliances. Groundwater can also have high levels of dissolved solids, like calcium, iron, manganese, and other minerals. Thanks to its location in the Columbia Basin, Cranbrook is especially prone to dealing with some of these hard water issues:

  • Climbing utility bills
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Early appliance burnout
  • Scratchy, stiff laundry
  • Water discolouration

Limescale Buildup

Calcium carbonate is another mineral that often comes along with groundwater sourcing. Its easy-to-spot signatures can be seen in many places around the home, causing:

  • Reduced capacity in faucets, taps, and pipes
  • Chalky, white residue buildup on fixtures and water-using appliances, like coffee makers and teakettles
  • Scale residue on bathtubs, sinks, and toilet bowls


Commonly used to treat water in municipalities across British Columbia, this chemical can sometimes leave behind its obvious swimming-pool smell. While usually harmless, it can make drinking and using tap water unappealing.

Tips From the Culligan Man

If you’re dealing with excess chlorine in your water, let water sit in a pitcher or jug before using, and call your local Culligan Man for a water test to find the best way to address it.

Did You Know?

Cranbrook is part of the Columbia Basin WaterSmart initiative, focused on conserving the region’s water resources.


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