I Have City Water – Do I Need Water Treatment?

It is a common assumption that city water does not require filtering or conditioning because it is treated by a municipal water treatment facility. But is this understanding of city water correct?

What Happens In City Water Treatment

The municipal water treatment facilities are required to assure that the city water they distribute meets the EPA standards for health and safety for consumption. There are no requirements for the removal of elements that may have an adverse effect on your home. These other minerals could be preventing you from enjoying the aesthetic benefits that come with quality water.

Added Chlorine in City Water

Person holding a glass of softened water

A complaint that we often hear with city water is that it tastes like ‘pool water’. This is because varying amounts of chlorine are added to water during municipal treatment. This is done for your safety to keep it free from bacteria as it travels to individual households. But once the treated city water reaches those homes, the chlorine is no longer necessary. This chlorine remains in the water resulting in problems like bleach tastes and odors in your water, as well as the water having a drying effect on your skin.

Additional city water problems can include:

  • Inadequate removal of calcium and magnesium carbonate (a.k.a “hard water”) that causes scale build up and soap scum
  • PFOA chemicals and lead, which can be introduced into your water after it leaves their facility

A complete analysis of your home water supply can reveal the specific problems with your city water that might be causing pool water taste, as well as scaly build up in the tub and dry, irritated skin.

WaterBoss Can Improve City Water

A great solution for households served by city treated water is the WaterBoss Model 950 Water Softener. This system provides whole-house softening and filtering, softening up to 35 grains per gallon and at the same time reducing chlorine taste and odors.

  • Mixed media bed also functions as a chlorine remover
  • Functions as a drinking water filter through chlorine reduction
  • Improves the quality of your drinking water
  • Reduces hard water scale buildup in plumbing and appliances
  • Prevents soap scum sticking to surfaces
  • Built-in, self-cleaning whole-house filter – no cartridges to change
  • Model 900IF iron filter can be used in tandem for city water containing iron

To learn more, see the WaterBoss Model 950 page for detailed specifications.

Contact us to get started with discovering your water treatment solution today!