What's in my water?


Hard Water & Treatment

Hard water problems can exist in supply water for a variety of reasons, many individuals are familiar with some of the annoyances caused by hard water. For those with manufacturing equipment or machinery that use hard water, annoyances can often turn into more costly repairs.

  • Why?

    Hard water problems are caused by an abundance of minerals in the water. Sometimes boiling can remove the hardness, but some high-mineral content water—those that are high in calcium and magnesium sulfates—cannot.

  • Consequence?

    There are no known health problems due to hard water, but some businesses do have to monitor the hardness of their water carefully so that their machines do not break down. The main effect that individuals notice is the lack of suds in their soaps, requiring more detergent for laundry and dishwashing, more soap and shampoo for bathing and spots and mineral deposits or glassware and shower doors. Hard water can also leave deposits in plumbing, hot water tanks, dishwashers, and washing machines, wasting energy and causing early failure of all water using appliances.

  • Solution.

    The easiest way hard water treatment is to soften it. Our experts can help you find the specific water softener that is right for your home and find a permanent solution to your hard water problems. If you think you have a problem with hard water, contact Clearwater Systems for your free water analysis or request a quote.

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Rotten Egg Smell in Your Water

There are few other water problems not quite as recognizable as the water that comes out of the tap smelling like rotten eggs. Many Bermuda homes suffer from this unpleasant odour. Here is why you are experiencing a “rotten egg” smell in your water, the effects it can have, and how to treat it.

  • Why?

    Rotten egg smell in your water supply is the result of the presence of sulfur. Hydrogen sulfide gas actually causes the smell. This gas, and the resulting offensive smell, is most commonly found in well-water or ground water.

  • Consequence?

    Sulfur water has no known health effects, though it can sometimes change the taste of water. Metal items like silverware can discolor or turn a blackish color when washed often, and anyone with sulfur water can attest to the difficulty of getting truly clean clothes. Hydrogen-sulfide water literally lessens the effect of detergent, as well as corrodes any exposed metal parts in the washer.

  • Solution.

    There are several ways to combat sulfur in your water, including chlorine bleach removal, iron removal, and aeration removal. Many softeners are not able to work against sulfur water long term, so it’s important to work with an expert who can recommend the right treatment for the level of hydrogen-sulfate in your water supply. If you think you have a problem with a strong “Rotten Egg” smell in your water, contact Clearwater Systems for your free water analysis or request a quote.

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Chlorine in Your Drinking Water

If your water smells or tastes like chlorine, the good news is that your drinking water is not contaminated.

  • Why?

    Chlorine is used as a disinfectant in water, and added to control microbes in the drinking supply.

  • Consequence?

    Most of the time, individuals will not notice chlorine in his or her water. When too much is used, however, the “pool smell” will emerge. Excess amounts of chlorine do cause a smell or bad taste, can dry out skin and hair, and can have some health risks, including anemia in infants.

  • Solution.

    Many issues with excess chlorine can easily be solved with a drinking water filtration system, or a problem water filter designed for chlorine in your drinking water. If you think you have a problem with chlorine in your water, contact Clearwater Systems for your free water analysis or request a quote.

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Water Smells Musty Fishy or Earthy

Musty Smelling Water that tastes or smells fishy, musty, and earthy is less than desirable to drink and use.

  • Why?

    Many algae or bacteria in the water supply can cause this type of smell, as well as some metals, like iron and copper. Seepage can also be related to an earthy or musty smell to your water.

  • Consequence?

    Depending on what is causing the smell, and the concentration of that matter, water with this type of smell could either be non-harmful or quite harmful to an individual’s health. Some smells are simply due to smell and odors remaining after the water has been filtered at the water treatment plant. Other smells are due to the presence of harmful bacteria or matter still being present in the water.

  • Solution.

    Problem water filters can help in minor cases, but for other cases, like seepage, government officials may issue advice and precautions to ensure water safety. Our water experts will help identify the cause and provide a number of solutions for your fishy, musty, or earthy smelling water. If you think you have an odour problem with your water, contact Clearwater Systems for your free water analysis or request a quote.

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Iron and Manganese in Your Drinking Water

Does your water taste or smell like metal?

  • Why?

    A metallic taste or smell in drinking water is often caused by pipes, or the presence of minerals in the water, like iron, copper or manganese. Many homes report metallic tasting water, which is usually due to the pipes not yet being coated with lime precipitate. Property owners with wells may taste or smell metal more often than those who receive city water.

  • Consequence?

    Most of the time, iron and manganese in your water will not have health effects, though some cases with high mineral concentrations have been known to cause problems. Other effects include rust stains on porcelain, or corroded pipes.

  • Solution.

    A problem water filtration system can often easily solve metallic tastes and odors. In more severe cases, older pipes may need to be replaced, or your system may need to be flushed. If you are worried there may be iron in your water or manganese in your drinking water, our water experts would be glad to put your fears to rest and find a solution if there is a problem with your water.

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Cloudy Drinking Water Problem

  • Why?

    The majority of cases of white cloudy water are directly related to the amount of air in the water. Most of the time, the cloudy water effect will dissipate after a few minutes. Water that is cloudy and is brown, yellow, or green might be caused by metals, minerals or bacteria.

  • Consequence?

    White cloudy drinking water caused by trapped air will have no health effects though sometimes it can be abrasive to pipes or stain sinks. Brown, yellow or green cloudy water may be harmful to the body depending on the type or amount of contaminate.

  • Solution.

    A good problem water filter or drinking water system can help eliminate cloudiness as well as protect from harmful bacteria or contaminates. If you think you have a problem with cloudy water, contact Clearwater Systems for your free water analysis or request a quote.

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