Although the drinking water tastes fine, its high calcium content makes the water "hard." Hard water limits soap's ability to lather. So it leaves a filmy residue on everything--from the glasses in the dishwasher, to the glass show door, even your skin.
Hard water is also hard on your appliances. Dishwashers, pipes, ice makers--all can have their useful life cut short.
Many Vegas homeowners have installed salt-based water-softening systems. This is not a good idea in Las Vegas unless you have money to flush. These systems purge all the water once a day. So you are wasting lots of gallons of water in a town where water is tres cher.
Here are some easy tips to deal with Vegas's hard water:
Run a cup of white vinegar in your dishwasher at least once a quarter. I just put the cup in the bottom of the dishwasher and run it empty. Ditto for coffee pots.
If you are lucky enough to have a guest bath that no one really uses, be sure to run water through the shower and flush the commode at least once a month. If you don't, the calcium crystals can stop up the shower head.
If the shower head flow runs slowly, put enough vinegar in a bag to submerge the shower head. Tape the bag around the shower head so it is totally submerged. Let sit for half a day.
P.S. I have replaced the traditional salt-water water-softeners with a Big Mouth, which traps the calcium without purging the water. It is a spendy alternative but worth it since I have eczema, which makes my skin sensitive to hard water.
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