Town water originally comes from a variety of sources. Water authorities set up catchment areas that trap the water running above and through the ground. It then sits in large dams waiting to be used. Town water as we know it, is rated potable by the water authorities. A variety of treatments including the use of chemicals are used to meet the Australian Water Guidelines. As many of us know, this town water can be quite unpleasant to taste and smell.
Due to the thousands of chemicals that are now in our environment, many of which find their way into our water supplies, it is becoming increasingly clear that individual households need to take a greater responsibility for their own water quality.
Common Problems & Associated Treatments:
- Taste & Odour – Chlorine, fluoride and other chemical treatments are added to most town water supplies. Chlorine is used for sterilisation and fluoride for the prevention of dental caries.Water hardness – Do you experience difficulty getting soap to lather? Is there scale in your kettle? Are there white spots on glass surfaces? These are all signs of hard water. You may also experience the water flow to your home being reduced or your hot water system seemingly inefficient.