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Common Water Issues in Boston

Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

Boston's drinking water is sourced from two main reservoirs, the Quibbling and Wachesette, which are located in Western and Central Massachusetts. The water is pumped from the reservoirs to a series of aqueducts, storage tanks, deep rock tunnels, and treatment facilities like the John J. Carroll Water Treatment plant. After being disinfected and filtered, water then travels through a complex series of waterways to one of 29 metered delivery points. From there, it is distributed as drinking water to over 50 communities in the Boston metropolitan area.

Hard, Poor-Quality Water

Boston's water is hard, caused primarily by dissolved calcium and other minerals that are absorbed as water travels from its source and is treated. While perfectly safe to drink, using hard water around the house can cause:

  • Stiff, scratchy laundry and linens
  • Underperforming appliances
  • Soap scum buildup

Itchy, Dry Skin

One of hard water's most invasive traits is the drying effect it has on skin and hair. Showering with hard water can lead to:

  • Itchy scalp and dandruff
  • Flaky, dry, irritated skin
  • Dull, lifeless hair

Lime Buildup or White Scale

Limescale is the hard, off-white deposit that creates buildup on many household items due to the dissolved minerals found in hard water. Signs of limescale include:

  • Clogged faucets and showerheads
  • Rings around tubs and sinks
  • Buildup around pots and pans, and inside coffeemakers and teakettles

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 problems — and discover how to resolve them — is to get a free Culligan water test.

Tips From the Culligan Water Expert

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

Did You Know

Water lines were first installed in Boston in 1652 to help combat house fires.


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