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THE REALITY OF WELL WATER
I cried for days when we moved into our home.
Moving into your first home should be a wonderful, exciting and new first experience for any young adult, right?
It just wasn’t what I expected.
We moved in suddenly after losing our apartment to a flood, and while I realize what a blessing it is now, I was devastated. Not only was the house old and in need of a lot of work, but every single bathtub, toilet and faucet were bright orange and the water had this smell to it. Living very rural, we moved into a home that runs on well water just like all our neighbors.
Not only was the house old and in need of a lot of work, but every single bathtub, toilet
Very hard, very iron rich well water.
Not only was this something I’ve never experienced before, but I didn’t immediately realize that the water was completely undrinkable. And undrinkable water also happens to be uncookable water.
WHAT IS HARD WATER?
If you don’t know what hard water is, or have never had to deal with it on a first-hand basis, consider yourself lucky.
Hard water is defined as water that contains a high concentration of minerals, typically calcium and magnesium. Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone or chalk.
While drinking hard water in most cases does not cause health problems, it does cause structural problems for some of your most necessary household appliances that handle water, including boilers, water heaters, faucets, and toilet bowls.
Depending on the conditions of where you live, the different types of mineral deposits can vary greatly.
The only way to combat hard water is to ‘soften’ the water.1
Sources: 1 https://www.culligan.com/home/solution-center/how-hard-water-affects-us
HOW HARD WATER IMPACTS THE QUALITY OF YOUR FOOD
While I found the effects of hard water to be a nuisance, I didn’t realize that it also had very real effects on the quality of the food I was cooking and baking.
The fact is the quality of the water in your home impacts the quality of the food and beverages you consume and serve to your friends and family.
Because hard water contains such a high concentration of dissolved minerals, it can negatively impact the texture and appearance of food. Here are just a few:
Negative Impacts of Cooking with Hard Water:
- Hard water takes longer to boil – the mineral deposits can increase the boiling point of water.
- The cooking time for food items such as beans and rice are longer than with soft water.
- Hard water can cause vegetables to become tough and lose their color during the blanching process.
- Coffee and tea brewed with hard water may taste different, or ‘off’.
- Any food prepared with water as an ingredient can absorb the flavor or smells of unsavory well water.
As a registered dietitian nutritionist who is married to a Chef, having such a negative impact on the quality of our food was enough of a reason to seek a solution to this problem, immediately.
THE SOLUTION TO HARD WATER
It wasn’t long before my husband and I decided that we could no longer live with the water this way.
Both of our careers surround the quality of food and how we prepare it, and we knew that this well water was negatively impacting the quality of our lives overall.
We started seeking recommendations from our friends and neighbors with similar water problems, and everyone we spoke to led us back to Culligan, a world leader in innovative water filtration systems and softeners for both home and business.
Not long after, we finally had a Culligan Water Filtration System installed, and let me tell you – it has been a life saver.
With over 80 years of water quality and service industry experience, the Culligan technician helped us to identify our exact water issues, exploring whether that was related to our hard water, water filtration or taste of our water.
Culligan exceeded their goal to provide the best possible customer service experience, in addition to leaving us with water that we can use and trust.
Immediately after having our Culligan System installed did we notice a major improvement in the quality of our water, so much so that we no longer needed to purchase bottled water to bring into the home.
With Culligan, now every day is a “good water day.”
Now that my Culligan system is installed and running, I am super excited to be sharing my full experience in another post to come, so stay tuned.
Have you ever lived with Hard Water before? How has it negatively impacted your food and beverage consumption? Let me know in the comments below.