Water softening improvements have nearly completed in northern Warren County, Ohio. For years, the 27,000+ residents in Warren County have been living with very hard water, creating a rather unpleasant experience. Those residing in this county find themselves installing at-home water softeners to protect their plumbing and appliances.
Though the plan set in place will provide a bit of relief for residents, your water softeners will be required. Let’s look at how this plan will work and why you’ll need Ohio Valley Pure Water services as the months go on.
Hard Water vs. Soft Water
As water flows through your pipes into your tap system, it can pick up high amounts of mineral particles such as calcium and magnesium. The more these minerals are present, the higher the water will rank on the water hardness scale. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, hard water exists in a significant portion of the United States—especially in places where mountain water runoff and aged water flow through water dispensing appliances and fixtures.
Though hard water doesn’t harm you if consumed, it does pose a nuisance to cleanliness. Depending on how hard your water is, you may notice excessive water spots and residue on your glassware and dishes, dryness of hair and skin, and the breakdown of your appliances from residue buildup. This inconvenience leads to overabundant purchases of cleaning supplies and additional money spent on fixing broken faucets and appliances.
On the other hand, real soft water, at less than 1 grain hard, is free of harsh minerals. The minerals can be filtered out through a water softener system and provide a variety of benefits to you and your home. You’ll no longer experience buildup (or as much) in your pipes and appliances, your soaps will be more effective, and your skin will not feel as dry as it once did upon bathing.
Why Upgrade the County Water Supply?
Little Miami and Great Miami Rivers flow through Warren County, providing most of the county's water supply. Unfortunately, both rivers are known for having excessive amounts of minerals, ranking high on the hard water scale. For this reason, Warren County has put a plan in place to reduce the water hardness from very hard water to hard water—only lowering the GPG to about one or two levels.
According to Warren County’s Water Works, residents can begin to see their water hardness reduced to eight grains by late February 2023. Though this is progress for the county, eight grains are still considered hard water by the National EPA—requiring a private water softener system to remain within your home to lessen the hardness to one grain or lower (the required GPG for soft water).
Water Softeners in Your Home
Water softeners are designed to remove the minerals that cause water to be hard (as mentioned above). When a water softener is hooked up to your home, the hard water flows into the tank, and the hard water ions are removed using ion exchange. The hard water ions become trapped on the resin and are exchanged for sodium ions, creating soft water.
The harder the water, the more your water softener has to work to remove the hard water ions. The county’s upgraded water supply relieves some of the strain on your in-home water softener, as it’s not as hard of water that once was coming through the pipes, but not by much. You’ll still need to maintain your water softener for cleaner, softer water daily.
The Water Treatment System Company You Can Trust
We appreciate the acknowledgment from the county regarding our hard water problem, but we still do not need to remove water softeners from our homes. While your water supply is still too hard for you to feel comfortable using it, or if you want to protect your plumbing and appliances in your home, Ohio Valley Pure Water can help.
If you have been subjected to the Warren County water treatment plan and are not pleased with the hard water you’re receiving, contact Ohio Valley Pure Water today to have your water softener installed, updated, or inspected. We are dedicated to providing each of our clients with soft water that leaves skin hydrated, dishes clean, and plumbing intact.
Ohio Valley Pure Water: The Locally Known Water Quality Assessors
As a local family-owned business, we have seen it all and understand our customers’ wants and needs above all else. We offer everything from reverse osmosis systems to whole-house filtration devices, ensuring your water supply remains safe for everyone. If you need a water quality assessment or a new water system, contact us today to request a quote.