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Common Complaints About City Water Quality and What You Can Do

Now and then, a story about serious water problems such as lead contamination in Flint, Michigan, makes headlines and raises concerns. But the truth is, most municipal water in the United States is safe to drink.

We’re lucky to live in part of the world where clean drinking water is easy to find. Still, just because your home’s water is safe doesn’t necessarily mean its quality is ideal for your family’s needs. While municipal treatment plants disinfect water, there are other issues you may notice.

For starters, homes in urban areas may still have hard water. Municipal water treatment does not remove the hard minerals calcium and magnesium, which are the cause of limescale and soap scum. These dissolved minerals make it harder to keep your house clean and can have a negative impact on hair and skin.

As much as 90 percent of homes in the U.S. have hard water. So, even homeowners in the city could benefit from installation of a water softener.

One of the most common complaints from homeowners using municipal water is that it tastes like a swimming pool. What you’re tasting is the chlorine the municipality uses to disinfect the water. It’s an important step that ensures the water does not pick up any  harmful bacteria as it travels to your house.

However, once it gets to your home, you don’t need that chlorine any more, and it certainly does affect the way your drinking water tastes. That’s why Water-Right manufactures unique residential water treatment solutions to fix this problem.

For some homeowners, a unit with two types of filtration media is the right choice. This equipment includes both a resin that removes hardness and carbon to filter out the chlorine and other flavors and odors to improve the taste of your water.

Water-Right’s systems provides both media in a single tank. Learn more about the Impression® Plus RC, WaterCare’s CareSoft Elite RC®, or the EVRC model from Evolve.

While carbon is an ideal media for giving drinking water a polish that improves its taste, many homeowners want even more peace of mind when it comes to water quality. That’s why having reverse osmosis (R.O.) drinking water systems at your sinks have become so popular.

An R.O. system has a special membrane that purifies water by filtering out potentially harmful contaminants. That includes things like lead, which may leach from old infrastructure into the water supply. Learn more about the benefits of R.O. drinking water and check out our reverse osmosis FAQ to get additional information.

If you prefer to have lead removed from your whole-house instead of just at the sink, your local water treatment expert may recommend our ONE cartridge filter paired with a water softener. The compressed carbon inside is the ideal solution to reduce lead, PFOAs, and the chlorine common in city water.

Watch the video below to find out how Water-Right’s network of local professionals can provide the best solution to make your life in the city a little easier, and help you get water that doesn’t taste like a swimming pool.

Yet another benefit of improving your drinking water quality is that you’ll stop buying bottled water. That’s better for the environment and your bank account.

All Water-Right dealers are equipped to help you with your problem water needs.

Click the links above to visit the websites of our trusted brands. You can use the ‘Find a Dealer’ tool to locate a professional near you. For those who have serious concerns about water quality or potential contamination, you can use our Clean Water Testing service to get the answers you need.