What is a Boil Advisory?

A boil-water advisory is issued by water quality authorities to users of a water supply system when it is or could be contaminated by pathogens, or when there is a system failure shown by the loss of pressure. While a loss of pressure does not mean a water source has been contaminated, it does mean there is a possibility from pathogen intrusions through a leak. A boil water advisory should always be taken seriously as consuming any contaminated water could lead to illness. People at higher risk of becoming ill include the elderly, infants, young children or those with compromised immune systems.

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Why Does My Water Smell?

Ideally, pure water has no color or odor. You may get some slight smell or taste if minerals or chemicals have been added during a purification process. However, there are common problems you should investigate if your water has a distinctly unpleasant smell. Not only is poor smelling water difficult to drink, but it may be dangerous to you and your family.

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Is Well Water Hard Or Soft?

To answer if well water is hard or soft you should first understand what makes water hard. Water becomes hard when minerals like calcium and magnesium latch onto the oxygen and hydrogen molecules. Well water is not inherently hard, but it is more likely to be hard because the water is coming from the ground instead of dedicated reservoirs. Water stored in the ground will take on the attributes of the soil surrounding it, meaning well water may have excess minerals stored in it.

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