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Las Vegas has 2nd hardest water in the nation

Posted at 9:27 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 00:27:48-04

According to a new report by Homewater 101, Las Vegas has the 2nd hardest water in the nation.

Of course, this isn't exactly news. Water is considered "hard" when it contains a high level of dissolved minerals.

The hardness of Las Vegas Valley Water District water is 278 parts per million or 16 grains per gallon. The Las Vegas Valley Water District says the water in the valley is "very hard" and Homewater 101 says it is "extremely hard."

Hard water of any strength can make it difficult to produce a lather (or suds) while washing.

It also can leave a chalky build-up on fixtures and spots on glassware.

There are several ways to reduce problems associated with hard water, including the use of:

Dishwasher rinse aids
Laundry detergents that contain water-softening agents
Bath salts such as Epsom salts
Lime- or mineral-dissolving household cleaners

Deposits on fixtures and countertops can be prevented by wiping surfaces dry. Mineral residue on surfaces only occurs when water is allowed to evaporate.

An overwhelming 85 percent of the USA has hard water, according to Homewater 101. Ancient seabeds covered most of the U.S., leaving high concentrations of limestone in the "hard" to "extremely hard" regions.

Clark County hard water exists because 90 percent ot its water comes from Lake Mead, which is fed by the mineral-dense Colorado River.

Despite the fact that the water is considered very hard or extremely hard, it is still drinkable.

In fact, the valley's drinking water meets or exceeds all federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

The top 6 metro areas with the hardest water are:

Las Vegas
San Antonio