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Old 01-25-2010, 02:00 AM
 
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I'm thinking of relocating to the Raleigh area, and would like to know about the water quality there. Do people typically use water softeners and/or filtration in their homes? Thanks.
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:23 AM
 
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My well water is fairly soft, and a good quality overall. I had it tested by an independent lab and I was very pleased with the results. I'm a homebrewer, and if I was to pick a world city that it is close to in mineral composition, I would say Pilsen. Low in Ca and HCO3. That said, we do have a whole house sediment filter, which we replace every 6 months, due to the red clay particulates that it contains. My next door neighbor has no filter and doesn't see the need. We are on a community well down in the Lake Wheeler area.
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:50 AM
 
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It will also depend on whether or not you live in an area served by city water (Falls Lake) or private or community wells like NewUser describes above. Falls Lake serves over 430,000 residents in Raleigh and some of the surrounding towns. I get my water from Falls Lake. I don't use a softener. WE do have a brita filter that we use, but I would pretty much use that anywhere I live as an extra measure. In general I think the city water is godd quality. They send lab reports out quarterly to so you can see how the treatment is doing.
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:38 AM
 
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Aren't all municipal water systems required to test their water and publish the results? I know in Orange County, OWASA does this regularly. We get water quality reports with our bills from time to time, and they are posted online too:

Orange Water And Sewer Authority (http://owasa.org/right/WaterQuality.aspx - broken link)
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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Is it common in the Raleigh area for people to use water softeners even if they are on city water?

Anybody know the hardness of Raleigh city water as measured in "grains"?

It would be helpful if I could get a few responses such as, "For every 10 people on city water that I know, x of them use a water softener"

I've lived in various municipalities that seemed to do a good job of treating the water in terms of general quality and health, but still seemed to be fairly hard. I know a lot of people who are on city water and still feel the need for a water softener. I'm just wondering if that's true in Raleigh.

Thanks

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Old 01-25-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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I've lost the link but the Raleigh area recently was #72 (ish) of 100 on water quality nationwide. In other words not very good.

Of course it depends on your frame of reference, my buddy lives in China and has emailed images of orange colored rivers that rice grows in. Then they sell that rice here.

Yum. Made in China...
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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Is it common in the Raleigh area for people to use water softeners even if they are on city water?

Anybody know the hardness of Raleigh city water as measured in "grains"?

It would be helpful if I could get a few responses such as, "For every 10 people on city water that I know, x of them use a water softener"

I've lived in various municipalities that seemed to do a good job of treating the water in terms of general quality and health, but still seemed to be fairly hard. I know a lot of people who are on city water and still feel the need for a water softener. I'm just wondering if that's true in Raleigh.

Thanks
I don't know anyone who is on city water that uses a water softener. I'm sure there are people who do, jsut like anywhere else, but I don't know any.

I've attached the 2009 Water Quality Report. You can check it out and evaluate the hardness results.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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Is it common in the Raleigh area for people to use water softeners even if they are on city water?
We are not on city water. However, we do have a softener as the house came with it. Previous owner must have been an easy sell when the Culligan Man came to visit. I've been thinking about just turning it off. Definitely won't get it replaced when it breaks.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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You said "Raleigh area" - each of the municipalities here does their own water and they are for the most part all from different sources so if you are interested in Durham, Cary, etc, then you can look up their water quality reports.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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You said "Raleigh area" - each of the municipalities here does their own water and they are for the most part all from different sources so if you are interested in Durham, Cary, etc, then you can look up their water quality reports.
Although many of the smaller municipalities buy their water from one of the larger ones.
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