UK hard water map and the affects on our appliances

chilled-2-150The UK the domestic water supply is designed to meet strict quality regulations & ensure it’s safe for human consumption, rather than focus on hard water

These UK regulations are mainly in place to protect us against water borne diseases and illnesses.

Water quality varies depending on the region, with an approximate of 60% of the UK being affected by hard water.

The most affected areas in the UK are predominantly found in East England with the level of hard water tends to increase towards the south east of the country, in counties such as Lincolnshire.

Source of information: Know Your Earth
http://blog.knowyourearth.com/archives/hard-water-in-the-uk/

UK hardness map in .PDF format

This map shows the rate of hard water across the UK in mg/l as Calcium Carbonate.

http://dwi.defra.gov.uk/consumers/advice-leaflets/hardness_map.pdf

Hard water in the home can affect appliances significantly

Hard water significantly contributes to the inefficient operation of water reliant appliances such as kitchen appliances, Quooker boiling water taps, steamers, ice makers and the larger items such as boilers, dishwashers and washing machines and therefore has a knock-on effect on the amount of energy used, associated running costs and the lifespan of the appliance.

Why should hard water affect my appliance so much?

The reason this takes its toil on our appliances is that when hard water is heated, limescale deposits form minimizing the flow of the water supply and thus reducing overall efficiency. In the worst case scenario this reduction in water flow can cause the appliance to fail and more importantly affects the amount of energy required to operate the appliance.

How does this hard water affect my Quooker?

Just like all other appliances that dispenses mains water, overtime the appliance can fail when the lime scale deposits. get too great, initially affecting the flow rate and then eventually failing. It is for this reason we work with commercial grade water filters to ensure lime scale is kept at bay and your kitchen appliances trouble free from lime scale corrosion.