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Hard Water? Possible Solutions

April 28, 2006 at 6:26 am

Although we are blessed with good quality drinking water here in the UK and probably take it for granted that we can just turn on the tap and receive a continual supply of clean drinkable water, many households are faced with the annoyance of hard water.

Hard water occurs when there are minerals such as calcium and magnesium in the water, picked up when the rain water passes through rocks and soil. The area you live in will make a difference to the hardness of your water and water will pick up more minerals and be harder if it passes through soft rocks like chalk or limestone.

Hard water, although not actually being bad for us healthwise (the minerals contained can be beneficial in our diet) can be a nuisance around the house. It can make cleaning the bathroom more difficult and shorten the life of appliances due to limescale buildup. Many people will be familiar with that scaly deposit on the kettle element.

Washing in hard water may also cause your skin or hair to be dryer and require more soap, shampoo and laundry powder to be used.

For these negative reasons, many people are considering water softners and treatment devices in order to lengthen the life of that expensive washing machine or heating system.

There are various options to choose from and this treatment comparison table may be helpful. This more detailed water treatment site has some handy information too for those looking for some home water treatment advice.

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What’s the Story with Hose Pipe Bans?

April 19, 2006 at 1:49 am

Much of the South East have been hit with hose pipe bans this month, imposed by water companies such as Thames Water after an unusually dry winter.

It is a fact that the UK has received record low levels of rain over the past few months and conserving water is a real issue, but many people are angered by how the water companies are dealing with this problem. It seems that alot of water is still being lost through leaking pipes and rather than making it a priority to repair the leaks, the shortage is being dealt with by imposing bans and restrictions.

The current restrictions state that households are not allowed to use hose pipes and sprinklers to water their gardens and wash private cars, caravans and trailers. There are however no restrictions on filling up swimming pools, ponds and hot tubs with a hose pipe. This does not seem to make sense at all, as surely the latter use far more water?

Many keen gardeners and people working in the Landscaping and horticulture professions are worried that this ban will kill their gardens and indeed have a negative impact on their businesses. The Horticultural Trades Association has called for a government review of hosepipe bans and a spokesman for the assocation reminds gardners that watering cans are still allowed to be used to water their plants.

Have you been negatively affected by the ban? Leave us a comment, or contact us to add your story.

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