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Old 03-30-2009, 08:30 PM
 
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I understand that much of the Omaha area has hard water; what are your thoughts on water softeners (and water filters for drinking)?
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:06 PM
 
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I understand that much of the Omaha area has hard water; what are your thoughts on water softeners (and water filters for drinking)?
We're in Omaha "proper" and have neither a softner or filtration system. Don't need either.

When we lived in Minnesota, where we had horribly hard water, I like our Culligan system.
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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I dont like the water so much, but I drink it anyway
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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I'm in Papillion which is a different water system than Omaha proper (which is MUD)... There was a water softner in the house when we moved in and I removed it... have been without one for 18 years and have never had an issue with our water... Omaha, Papillion, and Lincoln all pretty much draw from the same water source (Platte River)... also know folks in Lincoln and have never heard a complaint.

How the relative hardness affects you is probably determined by what you are used to. As mentioned, I have no issue with our water, but technically it is considered hard 7-14 grains per gallon: Papillion (Water Hardness - Water Department - Public Works - City of Papillion, NE) and MUD (http://www.mudomaha.com/water/08.ccr.pdf)

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Old 04-04-2009, 09:42 PM
 
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I never had a water softener in Omaha either, and the water tasted fine.
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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I'd say the water tastes fine, but there is scale on everything. I've lived here about 9 months and I'm about ready to get a water softener.
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE
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My dad's a hydrologist for the USGS (United States Geological Survey), and he says that Lincoln, Omaha and the surrounding areas have excellent water compared to most areas.
I don't think he's ever used a water softener when he's lived around Lincoln, and he's lived here for 30 some odd years.
It depends on people's preference. My father-in-law has a water softener and I HATE it, but my husband loves it.
To each their own.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Bennington NE
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Hard water doesn't bother me as far as drinking it, but I could do without the deposits clogging my showerhead. I also suspect that my line dried clothing wouldn't be so rough and require a tumble in the dryer to make them softer.

As far as filtered water... I don't notice a strong taste to our water (but I've lived in the metro area all my life) but I hate noticing little tiny white "floaters" in my glasses...my fiance and I have used Brita pitchers and faucet units which are great, except when you get lazy about replacing the filters... and they can be expensive. The faucet units can take up a lot of space in your sink once attached, so if you hand wash anything, it might be difficult if your sink is small or shallow.

We recently switched to those refillable containers of water from the grocery store. It cost about $12 to buy the plastic dispenser, but less than 50 cents to refill (its either 3 or 4 gallons). We go thru a jug maybe once a week, and we get clean, cold water from a spigot (and you don't have to remove it from the fridge!)
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:16 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. My concern is mostly the wear and tear on appliances. I'll just keep an eye out for now and if I notice a lot of spotting, I'll look at a softener.

As far as the water filter, I don't drink much water personally but my wife does so I was trying to think of her. I may just do the "haul the water from the store bit" or maybe look at delivery.

Again, thanks for the replies.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Papillion
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Thanks for the responses. My concern is mostly the wear and tear on appliances. I'll just keep an eye out for now and if I notice a lot of spotting, I'll look at a softener.

As far as the water filter, I don't drink much water personally but my wife does so I was trying to think of her. I may just do the "haul the water from the store bit" or maybe look at delivery.

Again, thanks for the replies.
As long as you are on an area metro water system (Lincoln Public, MUD or Papillion Public) and not an individual or community well system then probably nothing to worry about.

We just replaced a 20 year old washing machine and a 10 year old dishwasher and neither was due to water deposit issues (and we have no softner).

If on an individual or community well system then a different story.
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