What is hardness and how hard is Charleston's water?
Water hardness is a measure of dissolved minerals in water, specifically calcium and magnesium. Soft water has little or no dissolved minerals. Hard water has higher mineral content that can cause scaling in plumbing and soap scum residue in bathrooms.

Charleston Water System has moderately soft water. Our lab measures hardness in parts per million (ppm), but it can also be expressed in grains per gallon (gpg). The average hardness level of our water is 58.4 ppm, or 3.4 gpg, as shown in this chart.

Some dishwashers and washing machines have hardness-related settings or recommend how much detergent to use based on your water's hardness.

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1. Does Charleston have a shortage of water?
2. Does Charleston's water contain fluoride?
3. How is the water disinfected?
4. I live in an older home, should I be concerned about lead pipes contaminating my water?
5. Is it okay to use the hot water tap for cooking or drinking?
6. Is my water safe to drink or is bottled water or filtered water safer?
7. Is tap water safe for use in aquariums?
8. My dishwasher leaves water spots on my glasses. What can I do to prevent this?
9. My water tastes / smells funny. Does this mean it's not safe to drink? What should I do?
10. Should I be concerned about Cryptosporidium or Giardia?
11. Should I be concerned about the sodium level of Charleston Water System water?
12. Sometimes my water has a milky white appearance, why?
13. What is a Boil Water Advisory?
14. What is the pH of Charleston's water?
15. What is hardness and how hard is Charleston's water?
16. Where does Charleston Water System water come from?
17. Why does my water sometimes appear rusty?