Is our water hard or soft?

Water hardness is measured as Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) in mg/l on a scale, as represented by the one below. Lower CaCO3 levels in water samples are considered soft, and water samples containing 251 mg/l of CaCO3 are too hard for domestic water use.

Our latest Consumer Confidence Report indicates that our water has 110 mg/l of CaCO3. This would qualify as being moderately hard water.


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1. My water is discolored and has a funny smell and taste, what should I do?
2. How can I be sure my water is safe to drink?
3. Is our water harmful to animals?
4. Is our water hard or soft?
5. I have a water leak on my property or think there may be a leak near me, what should I do?
6. Why do I have to install a backflow device?
7. What should I do if I feel my meter is broken or not metering correctly?