When my husband, Roger and I were house hunting, we were very concerned about location. We wanted to find a place with a sizeable amount of land, where our kids could ride four-wheelers and snowmobiles. We found a great house with a wide open lawn, a large pond in the backyard, and a natural forest on either side. Although the house itself needed a little work, everything else was absolutely perfect. Since Roger and I had always lived in the city, we were not familiar with the drawbacks of having a water well. We thought it would be great to have an independent source of water. We’d no longer be paying a water bill, and wouldn’t need to worry if we wanted to set up a sprinkler in the vegetable garden. Unfortunately, we have extremely hard water. The water is overrun with calcium, lime and rust, which causes us all sorts of problems. Our water ruins everything it touches, including appliances, such as the washing machine, dishwasher and water heater. Because of the sediment and scale in the water heater, we are forced to replace it about every three years. Since a water tank costs around four hundred dollars, that really impacts our budget. I’ve given up using the dishwasher because the water stains the dishes and glasses. I no longer purchase white linens, towels or clothing, because the water so badly discolors it. The contaminants in the water build up inside the pipes, blocking the flow of water and leading to clogs and corrosion. It wrecks faucets, sinks, tubs, drains, and toilets. We’re constantly replacing fixtures, dealing with leaks, plunging and pouring harsh chemicals down the drains. I’ve even noticed a difference in my hair and skin because of the hard water.