When groundwater absorbs a large amount of calcium, magnesium, or other minerals from the surrounding soil and rock, it becomes classified as “hard” water. This causes a buildup of limescale on the insides of pipes, water heaters, tea kettles, coffee makers, and industrial machinery, sometimes leading to its breakdown.
The measurement in the industry for water hardness is in terms of grains per gallon (GPG) or milligrams per liter (mg/L). The threshold for soft water is at 1 GPG (17.1 mg/L) or less. To combat hard water, you can filter it by distillation or reverse osmosis, add chemical softener, or use a water softener.
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