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Common Water Issues in Savannah

Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

Savannah gets its drinking water from Abercorn Creek, which is a tributary of the Savannah River. Because this is a surface water source, the water comes into contact with a wide range of contaminants as it travels over land's surface and under the ground. To make it safe for drinking, Savannah's water is treated with alum and polymer to remove sedimentation, and is then disinfected with chlorine and ammonia.

Poor Quality

The water in Savannah is collected from surface sources, which means it's exposed to a number of aboveground contaminants. These can range from human and animal matter, to pesticides, to organic chemicals and radioactive materials, which can dissolve into the water, resulting in poor quality.

Limescale Buildup

Lime is added to Savannah's water supply to adjust the pH, making it safe to drink and less corrosive to pipes and plumbing. This added lime combined with the high levels of calcium and magnesium often found in surface water sources makes Savannah particularly prone to lime buildup. Left alone, limescale can:

  • Damage appliances as white scale accumulates
  • Clog drains or pipes with deposits
  • Stain sinks, toilets, and fixtures

General Bad Taste

If you've noticed bad-tasting drinking water, it could stem from several causes. Surface water is often exposed to high levels of metal, like iron and manganese — both of which can make water taste funny or metallic. Savannah's water is also treated with chlorine and ammonia, which can negatively affect anyone sensitive to the taste or scent of the chemical additives.

Surface water sources are often rich in sediment, and Savannah's water is no exception. In fact, alum and polymer are added to drinking water in Savannah to help mud particles clump together and settle out of the water before disinfection. Heavy sedimentation can make it difficult to get the film off glassware and glass shower doors, and can leave spots on dishes and silverware.

Spotty, Cloudy Glassware

Whether you're dealing with spotty dishes or water that tastes bad, you'll find a Culligan filtration solution that can help. Just take the simple, free Culligan water test to figure out what's causing the problem and discover the right solution to take care of it.

Tips From the Culligan Water Expert

Spray lemon juice on your fixtures to combat limescale.

Did You Know

Phosphate is added to Savannah's water to make it less corrosive.


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