Water Quality in Philadelphia Affects More Than What You’re Drinking

Water Quality in Philadelphia

Have you thought about your water quality in Philadelphia lately? August is National Water Quality Month, so it’s time to break out the reverse osmosis filters, water softeners, and have a cold one (glass of water) on Culligan!

While the Delaware River might be good for a boat or a swim, have you considered the factors that determine the quality of water that runs through your Philadelphia home, and how it affects more than just your drinking choices?

Though the average cost of homeownership in the Philadelphia area is exceedingly affordable over our New York neighbors to the North, as well as Washington, D.C. to the South, hard water can seep into your home budget and level those costs out.

Water isn’t just a naturally occurring element that has been sustaining all living beings in the area since before the days of Valley Forge and George Washington. Having the correct water softener and filtration system in place can help maintain and sustain a number of everyday items around your home.

Your Home is Taking a Beating

Hard water, a build-up of calcium and magnesium in your water system, can affect many other aspects of your everyday life. According to the Water Quality Association, hard water affects 85 percent of all homes in the United States.

  • Your plumbing system and its external parts are at risk with hard water. It can create buildup in your pipes that leads to low pressure and, perhaps worse, cause corrosion in your water heater, ultimately causing it to fail. That’s thousands of dollars in repairs!
  • It can also cause exterior fixtures such as your faucets and shower heads, to form an aesthetically unappealing buildup of calcium deposits.
  • Hard water also has a tendency to leave water spots or fade on clothing during the wash. That might be the reason your once-pearly white and red pinstriped Phillies jersey is now a murky pantone strawberry-and-cream tie-dye mess.
  • These spots can also occur in the form of an ugly residue of spots on glass or silverware. So if you’re planning on entertaining company, you should entertain the thought of purchasing a water softener, or else just head out to the Reading Terminal Market for dinner.
  • Do you use unfiltered tap water for those ferns and lilies in your Philadelphia garden? Water quality in Philadelphia affects your plants. Your perennials may turn into “occasionals” if your water source is directly unfiltered from the city, where calcium deposits could coat the soil and eventually repel the water.
  • Your body will thank you after installing a water softener and your skin is not dry and flaky. Your daughter will thank you after installing a water softener when she goes to school without frizzy hair. Your significant other will thank your water softener for not having to hear you complain about it!
  • Is your fresh-baked bread a little flat, is your fresh-brewed coffee a little bitter? Hard water may shoulder the blame. Dissolved minerals in hard water can affect the performance of yeast and change the structure of gluten. The minerals in hard water also can reduce your coffee’s flavor.

Take Action in National Water Quality Month!

The Philadelphia Water Department releases an annual water quality report to document the current water quality in Philadelphia. This is at the direction of the Environmental Protection Agency which federally requires city water utilities to issue yearly Consumer Confidence Reports.

The EPA designated August National Water Quality Month to encourage citizens and municipalities alike to be more cognizant of the caliber of water that comes in and goes out of all aspects of their respective everyday activities.

Contact your local, family-owned Culligan Mid-Atlantic water expert to get a FREE in-home water test to help protect your family and home from poor quality water.