Do I have hard water or soft water?
It’s often easier to notice hard water than soft water. Look for tell-tale signs like soap scum, spots on dishes and glasses after washing them, or dry skin and hair.
Soft water won’t necessarily leave visual clues, but it can make your skin feel slippery after showering. You may notice a slightly salty taste when you drink it, although this is often undetectable.
Questions about water hardness
Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about water hardness, like how to treat hard water and whether it is safe to drink.
How to find water hardness in my area
There are various websites that allow you to check the water hardness in your area by postcode. Visit your water supplier’s website for up-to-date information on water quality.