Nearly 97% of the
world's water is salty or otherwise
undrinkable? Another 2% is locked in ice caps and
glaciers. That leaves just 1% for all of humanity's needs
(agricultural, manufacturing, community and personal
It can take up to 45
minutes for a water supplier to
produce one glass of drinking water.
The most common
substance found on earth is water.
Water is the only substance found naturally in three forms:
solid, liquid and gas.
The average humidity for
Colorado, measured at noon, is
Four quarts of oil can
cause an eight-acre oil slick if spilled
or dumped down a storm sewer!
WATER SOFTENERS - DO YOU
Purchasing a water
softener sometimes seems like a good idea. But, do you need one?
The following information may be helpful in determining the need for a
Hardness in water is
usually observed by its ability to form scale and make suds with soaps
and detergents. If your water leaves deposits in sinks and tubs,
then it is moderately hard to hard. If you get lots of suds with
soap, then the water is soft. Water hardness varies across the
country and around the world.
Water hardness in the
Willowbrook Water and Sanitation District is approximately 5-7 grains.
"Hardness" is expressed as grains per gallon and is equivalent to the
amount of calcium carbonate in water. Soft or slightly hard
water has up to 3 1/2 grains, and very hard water has 10 1/2 grains or
more calcium carbonate per gallon of water.
Soft water is more
corrosive. If the fixtures and pipes in your home contain lead,
a water softener may dissolve higher levels of lead.
A water softener is not
needed to remove "pollution". The District's water is purchased
from Denver Water, and all safety standards set forth by the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment and the Environmental
Protection Agency are met.
Some individuals prefer
softened water for bathing and washing clothes. However, consult
your physician before acting upon any sales claim that drinking
softened water is "recommended".
If you have any
questions regarding the District's water quality, reference the Water
Quality Report which is sent to our customers. You may also
contact the District off at (303) 986-2275.
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"When the well is dry, we
know the worth of water"
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, (1706-1790),
Poor Richard's Almanac, 1746