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  • Common Water Issues in San Diego

    Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

    San Diego’s water comes from three main sources — the Colorado River, runoff from the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and local supplies like surface and groundwater. Once the water reaches the San Diego area via pipes, canals, and streams, it travels to one of three filtration plants where it is processed. From the filtration facilities, it is then disbursed to over 2 million people in the San Diego area using a complex system of waterways.

    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

    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