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Winnipeg Water Problems

Water in Winnipeg comes from the Greater Winnipeg Water District aqueduct, with water from Shoal Lake, Ontario. Once collected, the water undergoes an extensive treatment process involving chlorine, ultraviolet light, and orthophosphate to kill harmful viruses and bacteria, protect against waterborne parasites, and reduce lead contamination. Although the water is treated before it makes its way to your home, certain impurities can remain that may have an affect on its quality.

Hard, Poor-Quality Water

Hard water leads to poor-quality water, from your faucet to your dishwasher. Caused by high levels of dissolved minerals, like calcium, magnesium, and manganese, hard water problems include:

  • Overworked, underperforming appliances
  • Soap scum and scale buildup
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Spotty, cloudy glassware

Extensive Stained Or Discoloured Water

Whether it’s coming from your kitchen sink or your showerhead, stained or discoloured water is an unsightly problem, often caused by dissolved minerals or rusted plumbing.

Chlorine, Sediment, and Lead Contamination

Since chlorine is used as a disinfectant during the water treatment process, residents often notice a faint smell or taste of chlorine in their drinking water. It’s not harmful to your long-term health, but a filtration solution could provide better-tasting and better-smelling water. Other forms of contamination to watch for include:

  • Sediment — Sediment can collect, clogging pipes and allowing bacteria to breed, which could affect drinking water
  • Lead — No amount of lead is safe in drinking water, but can occur due to corroded piping

Tips From the Culligan Water Expert

Keep your appliances running smoother, longer with a water softening system to prevent hard water from slowing them down.

Did You Know?

The Greater Winnipeg Water District aqueduct was put into service in 1919.


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