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- Is our water safe to drink?
- What are my water characteristics?
- Is the water in Mississauga, Brampton and Bolton hard?
- Should I buy a water softener?
- Why does the water sometimes look "cloudy" or "milky"?
- Is fluoride added to my water?
- Why is my kettle stained inside?
- Where can I get more information about drinking water and related issues?
- What can I do at home about my water quality?
Hardness is typically dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water measured as calcium carbonate. On heating, hard water has a tendency to form scale deposits and can form excessive scum with regular soaps. Conversely, soft water may result in accelerated corrosion of water pipes. Mississauga, Brampton and Bolton water is considered to be moderately hard.
The purchase of a water softener is based mostly on personal preferences. Soapsuds are formed easier with soft water, therefore less detergent is used. The use of a water softener also reduces the formation of hardness scale in pipes and hot water tanks. Some consumers do not like the feel of soft water. For example, after rinsing you may still feel a soap film on your skin if you used soft water.
Tiny bubbles of air in the water cause the cloudiness. Those bubbles may also cause the water to appear white or foamy, similar to the appearance of water in a rushing stream. This does not indicate any problem and clears when the water is left to sit for a few minutes. This is just an aesthetic not a health concern. If cloudy water does persist, please notify the Region of Peel so that the matter can be investigated.
Fluoride is added to the water supplied to Mississauga, Brampton and Bolton to prevent dental decay as recommended by the Ministry of Health. The level of fluoride is kept at between 0.50 and 0.80 mg/L.
The presence of calcium and manganese in the water will stain a kettle. When water is boiled, calcium and manganese precipitates out of water and deposits on the element and the inner sides of the kettle. This does not pose a health risk. Staining can be prevented by regular rinsing with vinegar or lemon juice.
Region of Peel
10 Peel Centre Dr.
Brampton ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4685
E-mail questions and comments
Ministry of the Environment
Toll Free: 1-800-565-4923
Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA)
1 Yonge St., Ste. 1700
Toronto, ON M5E 1E5
Toll Free: 1-800-667-6292
Water Smart Peel
10 Peel Centre Dr.
Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4455
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