What exactly is hard water?

According to the US Government:

"Hard water is high in dissolved minerals, largely calcium and magnesium. You may have felt the effects of hard water, literally, the last time you washed your hands. Depending on the hardness of your water, after using soap to wash you may have felt like there was a film of residue left on your hands." (Full Article)

So how is Utah's water?

Very hard. Utah's water averages 298 PPM (parts per million) which is very high.

Per HydroFlowUSA: (Full article)

"The largest city and state capital, Salt Lake City, has the lowest water hardness with 158 PPM. The next largest city in Utah is West Valley City which has hard water at a level of 230 PPM. Close to the State average water hardness of 340 PPM is the city of St. George with a water hardness of 342 PPM. The hardest water can be found in cities like Blanding, with 598 PPM, and Riverton with 574 PPM."

So, the answer to the question of who has the hardest water is Blanding, Utah.

So, if you live near Blanding or Riverton and you're chewing your water get a softener. The state isn't going to soften it because it's bad for vegetation. But water that hard is going to do a number on your appliances.

According to u/pepsiorcoke on Reddit:

"Buy the largest residential water softener you can get. I have 98,000 grain. Bigger than what Home Depot sells. Set the hardness level on HIGH so it runs all the time. I think mine runs every 3 days. You will need one bag of salt about every week. Don’t ever let the salt run out. Don’t run any water appliances during the regen cycle. Soften your hot AND cold water, not just hot."

Good luck out there...

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