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In This Issue: Dealing with Hard Water
Hard water spots on drinking glasses

Hard water is a problem in many Canadian households. Your water is considered "hard' when it has a high concentration of dissolved minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium. Water is a good solvent and these minerals dissolve in it as it moves through soil and rocks and are carried along, eventually ending up in your water supply.

Problems with hard water

Hard water interferes with almost every cleaning task from laundering and dish washing to bathing and personal care. The amount of hardness minerals in water affects the amount of soap and detergent necessary for cleaning. Clothes laundered in hard water may feel harsh and scratchy. Dishes and glasses may be spotted when dry. Hard water may cause a film on glass shower doors, shower walls, bathtubs, sinks, faucets, etc. Skin washed with hard water can become itchy and dry. Water flow may be reduced by deposits in pipes and shower heads. Faucets and other fixtures can have permanent deposits on them and the chrome finish can be destroyed. Dealing with hard water problems in the home can be a nuisance. Soap used in hard water combines with the minerals to form a sticky

soap curd in washbasins and bathtubs. .
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1. Having soft water saves you money.

2. Your plumbing will last longer.

3. Your hot water heater will last longer.

4. Diminished razor burn.

5. Most water-using appliances will last longer.

6. Soft Water is Beneficial to your Children read more

Dave Mellis CWS V

Comments I posted to the Governments Living Water Smart blog site.

December 23rd, 2009 at 2:38 pm � Reply

It's hard for me to get excited about "Championing" the future of Ground Water (two words now) when we still have not dealt with all the great work we have done in the past. I am referring to Phase II of the new GW regulations which still languishes on some shelf in Victoria. As part of the GW Advisory Board, which spent the last two and a half years drafting the second phase, I find it unconscionable that the government would blow off this critical legislation which addresses key issues pertaining to the conservation and protection of our aquifers as well as putting teeth into the Act. Instead, they have opted to spend the much needed money and resources on yet another program which distracts our focus from making real changes to the Water Protect Act. We all know the real story by now, the government hasn't got the guts to legislate in Phase II because it doesn't want to spend the money. Phase II will offer real conservation and protection of our resources and hold contractors and individuals responsible if they fail to comply. This is what our industry and the public want. But No. Instead they come up with this airy fairy program (Living Water Smart) which tells everyone how warm and fuzzy we all are about water issues and how the governments here to help us. I can just see the Minister, like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, skipping over the meadows singing the praises of the Living Water Smart program while our aquifers continue to decline, our policy makers are given no direction and the public have no protection. All done at a fraction of the price of what real regulations could bring to this province. After trying to bring real changes to water regulations for the past 15 years, I can only hope that it won't take another Walkerton to get our government serious about Ground Water regulations.
That's my rant for today. Feel free to pass this on to whomever you feel needs a snicker or find a new cause.

Dave E. Mellis, Cert. Water Specialist-V
Owner / Sales Representative
E.D.S. Pumps & Water Treatment Ltd.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO POST YOUR COMMENTS GO TO: blog.gov.bc.ca/livingwatersmart

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