Whats New?

Stay up to date with current information about the company, its products and technologies.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hard Water

Top Hard Water Areas in the UK

Some need-to-know facts about the Top Hard Water Areas in the UK

 

In August 2017, OnePoll on behalf of BWT conducted some consumer research surveying 2,000 UK residents to see who knew what about the water where they lived.

Curiously, from 2,000 UK adults highlighted, one fifth had no idea if they were living in a hard water area or not. There were a surprising number of people living with hard water; that had little idea what is or what causes it to be hard

 

What is hard water?

 

Rainwater is naturally ‘soft’, and only becomes ‘hard’ as it passes through layers of limestone and chalk while filtering down to the natural water table. During this journey, the water absorbs natural minerals which gives it its distinctive taste. Some minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, also create the water’s hard characteristics, and the more of these minerals that are absorbed, the harder the water will become. The effects of hard water can be seen all around your home; limescale deposits in the kitchen and bathroom can damage delicate surfaces and leave unsightly marks on glass, ceramics and bright surfaces.

The findings showed one third of Brits have experienced limescale damage to their home appliances and features, such as showers, washing machines, taps and pipes. Kettles come off worst with 80 per cent of us having noticed the effect of water on this kitchen essential. 

 

Hard water is measured by the quantities of calcium carbonate, a key mineral component of hard water; it is commonly expressed as milligrams of calcium carbonate equivalent per litre.

  

Hard water classification

 

Classification

Calcium carbonate (mg/l)

Soft

0-60

Moderately hard

61–120

Hard

121–180

Very hard

+ 181

 

Which are the top 20 Hard Water Areas in The UK?

 

  

Ranking

Place:

Calcium carbonate

levels ppm or mg/l:

1

Ipswich

423

2

Colchester

379

3

Luton

360

4

Norwich

359

5

Watford

358

6

Stevenage

355

7

Swindon

343

8

Harrow

335

9

Hemel Hempstead

333

10

St Albans

323

11

Reading

323

12

Cambridge

322

13

Dartford

315

14

Hull

313

15

Bath

312

16

Bromley

311

17

Milton Keynes

309

18

Canterbury

308

19

Slough

303

20

Portsmouth

296

 

 

Interestingly, more than a quarter of those surveyed believe their mains water has had a detrimental impact on their skin, 28% thinks its effecting their hair and 14% thinks it is ageing their skin, making it look older. 

These impacts are felt so strongly that a fifth of us buy products, such as creams and lotions, especially to counteract the effect of hard water on our skin and hair, which costs an average of £218.76 per year. 

 

We use water a lot. In fact, it was revealed one third of Brits believe the water in their area has damaged their home appliances, including kettles, washing machines and showers. Brits will boil the kettle 82,095 times during the average adult lifetime, and use the washing machine 5,224 times. We have an average of 15,458 showers and 3,567 baths during our adult years. But this usage takes its toll if you live in a hard water area the  research also found limescale damage on appliances cost an average of £311.87 in repairs in the last five years. 

 

 

 

Top Hard Water facts:

 

1.    Ipswich has the highest levels of calcium carbonate in its water

2.    More detergent is needed to get your clothes clean and soft

3.    Household appliances will become damaged and less efficient as scale deposits build up from the water

4.    Hard water can damage hair colour and cause dye to fade more quickly

5.    Soap scum builds up on your skin, blocking your pores and making moisturisers less effective when washing with hard water.

6.    Hard water may make your skin age faster and look older than it is; the minerals in hard water can strip moisture from your skin whilst preventing the natural oils in your body from doing their job

7.    Elements in hard water such as iron and calcium, can form free radicals that damage healthy skin cells and cause a breakdown of collagen, leading to fine lines and wrinkles

8.    Even a 1.6mm coating of limescale on a heating element in the heating system can make it up to 12% less effective

9.    Acid based cleaners are needed to remove scale and water stains left behind by hard water. These cleaners damage glass and chrome over time

10. Hard water can make your shower less powerful as it clogs up the shower head with mineral deposits

 

Do you want to test your water at home?

 

If you want to test the water in your home, we will be happy to send you a FREE hard water test strip. Please, send us an email with your request to [email protected]

 


Source: The research was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of BWT surveying 2,000 UK residents. Carried out online August 2017.
Calcium Carbonate levels for postcode towns was gathered via local water authority websites 8th – 14th August 2017

Are you ready to start enjoying the benefits of Luxury Water?
Request a Callback
Loading...
Error submitting this form - please try again or get in touch.

Please send us a message with your details and we will call you back.


Thank you for requesting a callback from BWT!

We will be in touch shortly to discuss the benefits of Luxury Water.