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  • Common Water Issues in Boulder

    Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

    Like many areas throughout Colorado, Boulder relies on water that is stored for most of the year. Stream flows and runoff from melting snow only occur during the warm spring and summer months. This runoff is then captured in a series of reservoirs, including the Silver Lake, Lakewood, Barker, and Boulder reservoirs. The amount of water available to the city varies from year to year, depending on the amount of snow in the surrounding mountains.

    Chlorine Taste and Odor

    Another common water issue residents here experience is the high levels of chlorine, which is used to purify water of potentially dangerous contaminants, like bacteria. Chlorine is not a dangerous chemical in the low concentration it arrives to your home in, but it can affect the taste and smell of your water.

    Your local Culligan Water Expert is an expert on your water, can test it to determine any problems, and provide the best way to address them.

    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