Texas Among Hardest Water in the USA — Where Does Your City Land?
Did you know that 85% of the United States is grappling with the challenge of hard water? While hardness varies from region to region, most of Texas falls into the categories of Hard to Extremely Hard water. What does this mean for you, your home, or your business in the Lone Star State? Let's delve a bit deeper.
Understanding the Water Hardness Scale
The water hardness scale is a measure of the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water, expressed in grains per gallon (gpg). But what does it mean to say water is 'hard' or 'soft'? Simply put, hard water contains a higher concentration of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. When these minerals are in high concentration, your water is classified as hard, and when they're present in lower concentrations, it's considered soft.
The scale ranges from Slightly Hard to Extremely Hard. Here's a breakdown:
- Soft: 0 - 1 gpg
- Slightly Hard: 1 - 3.5 gpg
- Moderately Hard: 3.5 - 7 gpg
- Hard: 7 - 10.5 gpg
- Very Hard: 10.5 - 15 gpg
- Extremely Hard: Over 15 gpg
In general, water hardness is a natural occurrence, and hard water is not immediately harmful to your health. However, it can lead to various inconveniences in your daily life. These might include spots on dishes, reduced soap lather, a film on shower doors, build-up in pipes and appliances, and increased energy costs due to scale build-up in heating systems.
Now that you understand the water hardness scale, let's look at where some of the major Texas cities land on this scale...
San Antonio — Very Hard to Extremely Hard Water
Renowned for The Alamo and its beautiful River Walk, San Antonio also has a reputation for some of the hardest water in the country. San Antonio is also where Jason’s Water Systems headquarters is located. The water here is primarily sourced from the Edwards Aquifer, a vast limestone aquifer that is known for its water quality but notorious for its hardness. The geological composition of this aquifer is rich in minerals, especially calcium, and magnesium, contributing to hardness levels that range from Very Hard to Extremely Hard. This can lead to the need for regular maintenance of water-based appliances, and potentially a greater need for water softeners. Surrounding cities such as Boerne, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Kyle also rank as having Extremely Hard Water.
Austin — Very Hard to Extremely Hard Water
As the state capital and a hub for technology and culture, Austin also sources much of its water from the Edwards Aquifer. However, the city also draws water from the Colorado River. Both these sources provide water that ranks as Very Hard to Extremely Hard. While this hard water is generally safe to drink, its high mineral content can cause build-up in your pipes, negatively affect your laundry, and lead to scale formation on your faucets and fixtures.
Dallas — Extremely Hard Water
Dallas, one of the most populous cities in Texas, has the dubious distinction of having some of the hardest water in the nation. The water in Dallas is primarily sourced from a series of reservoirs that are high in mineral content, leading to water that is classified as Extremely Hard. The heavy mineral content can affect everything from the taste of your tap water to the lifespan of your water-based appliances.
Houston — Hard Water
In Houston, water hardness falls under the "Hard" category. The water here primarily comes from surface water sources, such as lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, which contribute to the hardness. While not as extreme as other Texas cities, the Hard water of Houston still presents challenges, including soap's reduced lathering ability and the potential for scale build-up in pipes and appliances.
The #1 Solution to Hard Water in Texas: Jason's Water Softeners
Hard water may be a common challenge in Texas, but it doesn't mean you have to accept it as an unavoidable fact of life. Jason's Water provides the perfect solution to tackle this issue head-on. With over four decades of experience, we have developed a range of high-quality water softeners that are tailored to combat the specific water conditions in Texas.
What issues can a water softener treat? It essentially acts as a filter, treating your water by removing the excess minerals that make it hard. This process not only makes your water softer, but it also makes it more efficient for use in your home. No more spotty dishes, limescale buildup in your pipes and appliances, or soap that won't lather properly. You'll notice the difference in your daily tasks, from washing your clothes to taking a shower.
What sets Jason's Water Systems apart? Our products are designed to be durable, certified to national plumbing flow and filtration codes and easy to use. They're built to withstand the challenges of Texas's hard water, providing you with a reliable, long-term solution. Moreover, our team of experts offers stellar customer service, helping you choose the right system for your needs and offering support whenever you need it. And with some of the best warranties in the industry, you can rest assured that your investment will last for years to come.
More importantly, choosing Jason's Water Softeners means choosing a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Soft water is not just better for your appliances and plumbing system, but it's also gentler on your skin and hair. Furthermore, by reducing scale build-up and removing chlorine before you use it, our water softeners can improve the efficiency of your water heater, thereby reducing your energy consumption and contributing to a greener environment.
Say Goodbye to Hard Water, and Soften Your Water Today
Whether you reside in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, or Houston, dealing with hard water is likely a part of your daily life. At Jason's Water Systems, we provide effective solutions that combat hard water problems, protecting your home, and your appliances, and most importantly, ensuring the well-being of your family. Based in the Greater San Antonio area, we understand the unique challenges faced by Texans, and we're here to help.
Join the many Texans who have transformed their water quality with Jason's Water Softeners - the #1 solution to hard water in the state of Texas. Contact us today to schedule your FREE water test to learn more about the quality and hardness of your home’s water.