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Old 03-17-2016, 10:58 AM
 
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Hard water has been something I've had to get used to since moving to the East Coast. In narrowing our possibility for a home search to Fairfield County towns, I'm noticing some homes are on city water vs. wells. Does this mean the water will be soft?
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:06 AM
 
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Hard water has been something I've had to get used to since moving to the East Coast. In narrowing our possibility for a home search to Fairfield County towns, I'm noticing some homes are on city water vs. wells. Does this mean the water will be soft?
That depends on the water source for the specific city and specific area of that city. In some places the city water will come from reservoirs, in other areas it will be from wells. City well water will be mineral-laden as you would expect.

In Manchester for example, depending on the time of year and your location, you will get harder water in one season when they rely more on the wells, and softer water at other times.

In summary, I don't think any generalization can be made as it can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. The water dept's website for whichever town you are looking at may have maps to help you determine where your water will be coming from, and test results for its quality.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:34 AM
 
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I would not worry too much about it. If your water is hard, and it bothers you, you can always get a water softener installed.
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:08 PM
 
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I would not worry too much about it. If your water is hard, and it bothers you, you can always get a water softener installed.
Thanks, where would one install this if a house is on city water?
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:09 PM
 
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That depends on the water source for the specific city and specific area of that city. In some places the city water will come from reservoirs, in other areas it will be from wells. City well water will be mineral-laden as you would expect.

In Manchester for example, depending on the time of year and your location, you will get harder water in one season when they rely more on the wells, and softer water at other times.

In summary, I don't think any generalization can be made as it can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. The water dept's website for whichever town you are looking at may have maps to help you determine where your water will be coming from, and test results for its quality.
Thanks. Does 'mineral-laden' tend to mean hard or soft water? I'm from the MidWest, this is all very new to me
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:24 PM
 
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"Mineral laden" means hard water. You can have the water tested for hardness.
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:26 PM
 
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Thanks. Does 'mineral-laden' tend to mean hard or soft water? I'm from the MidWest, this is all very new to me
Water is even harder in the midwest/central states. I would agree awareness is higher here.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=...58339856361260
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:27 PM
 
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Thanks. Does 'mineral-laden' tend to mean hard or soft water? I'm from the MidWest, this is all very new to me
Water is even harder in the midwest/central states. I would agree awareness is higher here so residents install softeners and the like.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=...58339856361260
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:28 PM
 
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Thanks. Does 'mineral-laden' tend to mean hard or soft water? I'm from the MidWest, this is all very new to me
Water is even harder in the midwest/central states. I would agree awareness is higher here so residents install softeners and the like.

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Old 03-17-2016, 08:42 PM
 
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Water is even harder in the midwest/central states. I would agree awareness is higher here.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=...58339856361260
Not the state I'm from. We had great water growing up. Tasted great, no weird spots in the dishwasher or in our laundry. I miss it.
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