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Common Water Issues in Chicago

Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

Chicago and its neighboring suburban communities make up the third-largest metropolitan area in the United States. The main water source to the millions of people in the Chicago area is Lake Michigan. Water is pumped from the lake into an intake crib two miles outside of the city before undergoing a rigorous filtration and distribution process. Raw water enters the intake crib, is filtered, and is then sent to one of two purification plants, where it is treated and disinfected. With the help of gravity, water then flows to 12 pumping stations where it is elevated, pressurized, and distributed to homes and businesses.

General Bad Taste

During the treatment process, minerals and chemicals — such as iron and chlorine — are added to the water, resulting in a low-quality end product that can sometimes taste and smell foul. High concentrations of added minerals or chemicals in hard water can result in:

  • A bitter, chemical taste to water
  • Tea and coffee that tastes or smells 'off'
  • Unpleasant taste while brushing teeth

Lime or White Scale Buildup

Limescale is the hard, off-white deposit that creates buildup on many household items as a result of using hard water around the house. Some examples of this include:

  • Pesky sediment and scum buildup on bathroom and kitchen appliances
  • Underperforming appliances that result in added household costs
  • Off-white buildup that causes faucets and showerheads to clog
  • Difficult-to-clean surfaces

Stains or Discolored Water

As water travels, it picks up deposits from minerals, like iron, which can tint water a reddish-brown. Old pipes and plumbing systems can also turn water a different shade. Some headaches associated with using discolored water throughout the house include:

  • Laundry that comes out of the wash looking soiled
  • Murky drinking water
  • A dark tint to bath and shower water
  • Dark streaks on windows and glass

No matter what the cause of your water problems, Culligan has a filtration solution designed to solve the specific issues you're experiencing. The best way to get to the bottom of your water issues, and discover how to resolve them, is to get a free Culligan water test today.

Tips From the Culligan Man

Baking soda is a wonderful way to fight soap scum. Sprinkle baking soda on a sponge or cloth, dampen, and scrub.

Did You Know

Chicago has been dying the Chicago River green in honor of St. Patrick's Day since 1962.


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