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    Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

    Bend’s drinking water supply comes from both ground and surface water sources, with the groundwater supply coming from aquifers in the Deschutes River Basin. Nearly 2.5 billion gallons per year recharge the aquifer to supply Bend with its municipal water. Bend’s water is filtered through a series of screens and sifters before chlorine is added as a disinfectant to kill off any bacteria present.

    Hard, Poor-Quality Water

    Dissolved iron and other hard minerals are absorbed during the filtration and treatment process, as well as along water's journey from source to tap. These absorbed minerals and metals cause the water to become hard and its quality depleted. Some household headaches associated with using hard water include:

    • Clogged appliances that lead to water-flow issues
    • Hard-to-clean residue and buildup on appliances, hardware, and surfaces
    • Soap scum on showers, bathtubs, and sinks
    • Prematurely aged clothing and linens that are rough to the touch

    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

    Soap Scum and Sediment

    As a result of hard water, soap scum can make even simple cleaning projects a pain. Evidence of soap scum around the house includes::
    • Buildup on household appliances and faucets
    • Cloudy dishes and glassware
    • Uncomfortable film on skin and hair