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  • Common Water Issues in Columbus

    Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

    Columbus’ main source of municipal water is supplied from three reservoirs, which provide over 90% of the 140 million gallons that Columbus uses daily. The remaining 10% comes from wells in southern Franklin County. Because both industrial facilities and farmland are plentiful in the Columbus area, water has a higher risk of coming into contact with runoff and contaminants. As a result, chemicals are added during the treatment process as a disinfectant before it is dispersed to homes and businesses around Columbus.

    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 Buildup or White Scale

    Limescale is a hard, off-white buildup that forms on many household items due to the dissolved minerals in hard water. Limescale can cause:
    • Sediment and scum on bathroom and kitchen appliances
    • White scale rings around bathtubs
    • Clogged faucets and showerheads
    • Buildup in heating and cooling units
    • Chalky deposits found on kettles, pots, and pans

    Stains or Colored Water

    Chlorine and chlorine by-products can also cause a host of other problems, including discoloration. While it may not be harmful, tinted water can leave stains around sinks and tubs, as well as on laundry and linens.