Hard Water Area

While water is in the ground, it picks up soluble bits of whatever it passes through. While this can mean contamination that makes the water unfit to drink, in many cases it simply means that the water contains minerals found in the earth. Of these, calcium and magnesium are of particular importance because they affect the water’s ability to function in our homes. These minerals make our water hard.

North & West Hampshire, Wiltshire & Berkshire are in a very hard water area.  This means that the effects of hard water are at a maximum.  The hard water map for England in 2001 is shown below.