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  • Common Water Issues in Portland

    Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

    Portland’s water supply comes almost entirely from surface water. The majority of this water comes from the Bull Run Watershed, located about 30 miles outside of the city. A minimal amount of groundwater is also available to the city from a backup supply. Once water reaches Portland, it is sent to one of two large reservoirs and treated with chemicals like chlorine and ammonia before being dispersed via a complex series of waterways to residential homes and businesses.

    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

    Spotty, Cloudy Glassware

    Spotty and cloudy residue on glassware can be tough to get rid of with high mineral concentrations in your water. Doing the dishes with hard water can result in:
    • White spots on glasses and silverware
    • Easy-to-spot fingerprints on freshly cleaned glasses
    • Cloudy, streaky residue