2015 Water Quality Report
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the hardness level of my water?
Our water has a moderate hardness level (46-142 mg/L in 2014) depending on the time of year and well water usage. The level of hardness is determined by the calcium and magnesium (both nontoxic minerals) content of the water. More minerals = harder water. Hard water does not dissolve soap easily therefore making lather for cleaning or washing more difficult. Dishwasher manuals often ask about hardness level and may use grains per gallons to indicate the level. Figured in this way, our water has 2.9 – 7.5 grains per gallon of hardness.
My water looks discolored what should I do?
The main causes of discolored water are 1) a water main break, 2) water department workers flushing a hydrant, and 3) vibrations caused by construction. Flushing of water mains will occur each year in the spring and summer. The flushing schedule will be posted on our website and in the local newspaper. If the cause of your dirty water is not obvious, call the water department. Once the reason has been identified and the disruption ceases, run your cold water tap until it clears.
Why are there bubbles in my tap water?
All tap water contains dissolved gases including air. The colder the water, the more gas it can absorb. As water warms up, the air that is present is no longer as soluble, and comes out of solution. In addition, once water from the treatment plant enters the distribution pipes, the water is pressurized. Water under pressure holds more air than water that is not pressurized. Once the water comes out of the tap it is no longer under pressure and the air is released as bubbles (similar to a carbonated soft drink).