Is Denver’s Water Hard or Soft?

Sep 11 2017

Denver skyline with the words, "Is Denver's Water Hard or Soft? What You Need to Know About Colorado's Water".

You might be wondering why your soap doesn’t have as many bubbles as it usually does or why your hair appears to be dingy and limp. Maybe you’re dealing with build-up in your pipes or multiple hard water stains throughout your kitchen and bathroom. What’s to blame for all these messes? Hard water.

While there’s no visual difference between hard and soft water, there is a big difference in the taste and properties of hard and soft water. What does the term “hard water” mean? Hard water is water that has “hard” metals, usually calcium and magnesium, dissolved in the water. These hard metals, while they aren’t bad for you when consumed, can cause buildup in your pipes and prevent your soaps and cleaners from sudsing properly.

Soft water is water that has had the hard metals removed and replaced with a “softer” metal, such as sodium. Unlike calcium and magnesium, sodium does not react with soaps and cleaners, which can lead to cleaner dishes and softer laundry. Sodium also doesn’t cause buildup in pipes, so you’re less likely to have a burst pipe or lower water pressure due to buildup.

Does Denver Have Hard or Soft Water?

Depending on the area and the season, Denver’s water varies from soft to moderately hard water. If you’re in an area where your water comes from runoff from the mountains, then your water should be relatively soft. However, even that water can become hard during winter months when the water is frozen and your water is more likely to come from wells and reservoirs.

There is one water treatment plant, Moffat, where the water is relatively soft all year long. However, the other two main water treatment plants, Foothills and Marston, have water that is considered hard all year long, especially during the winter. Even though Moffat’s water is soft, Denver is unique because water can be mixed between all three main sources of water before it gets to your home. So, even if your water mostly comes from Moffat, chances are, some of the harder water is mixed in as well.

Is a Water Softener Worth It?

Whether or not a water softener is worth it depends on your area and how hard or soft your water is. You can do a quick and easy test from home to get an idea of how hard your water is. While hard water isn’t bad for you, there are many advantages to soft water. Here’s what soft water can do for you and your home:

  • Help skin and hair feel silky and smooth
  • Help you use less shampoos and soaps
  • Diminish hard water stains
  • Prevent pipe buildup
  • Help your clothes feel softer

If you’re worried about hard water in your area, you don’t have to. Contact us for a free home water evaluation so you can know exactly what’s in your water! If you find that you have hard water in your home, we can help! Find out how a water softener can help you today!