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  • Common Water Issues in Kennewick

    Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

    The drinking water source for the city of Kennewick includes the Columbia River and two Ranney Collector Wells. The Columbia River Water Treatment Plant produces a third of the water used by the city; the remaining two-thirds is produced by the Ranney Collector Wells. Water from both sources is purified and tested before being distributed throughout the city to homes and businesses.

    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

    Spots on Glasses

    Whether you wash your dishes by hand at the tap or you let your dishwasher do the work for you, dishes that are washed and rinsed with hard water can appear spotty and streaky after water dries