Wappinger, New York
1234 U.S. 9
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
(845) 297-1600

Is Hard Water Dangerous to Consume? March 20, 2020

Wappinger, Dutchess
Is Hard Water Dangerous to Consume?, Wappinger, New York

If you notice a sulfurous smell coming from the faucets, you may have hard water. This odor can be off-putting, but many homeowners aren’t sure if it’s dangerous to drink affected water. Below is a guide to water mineral content and whether your family is safe to hydrate with hard water.

Guide to Hard Water

What Is Hard Water? 

Water that has high levels of calcium, sulfates, and magnesium is called hard water. Often, you can’t see the difference. However, you may notice a film or stains on your dishes after using hard water in a dishwasher.

Over time, your plumbing may develop mineral deposits, as the minerals form debris on the pipes. Some homeowners notice worsening water pressure over time as the pipe diameter shrinks because of this mineral buildup.

hard waterHard water can also create a film-like feeling on your skin after washing as if you haven’t rinsed off all the soap. This liquid prevents soaps and detergents from working, creating a layer of magnesium hydroxide that makes hot water less effective.

Is It Dangerous to Drink?

Hard water is not dangerous to ingest. One study found that it can be an essential source of magnesium and calcium for those who don’t get enough of these nutrients in their regular diets. Some studies found that calcium and magnesium reduce cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure and mitigating the risk of arrhythmia associated with low magnesium levels.

Other medical inquiries believe the minerals may mitigate pancreatic, rectal, colon, and gastric cancer, or lower atherosclerosis, a disease that affects the arteries in young people.  



If you’re interested in treating hard water, contact The Water Source in Dutchess County, NY, to learn about their more than 25 years of improving water quality. The team offers residential and commercial services, including addressing contaminants and bacteria in the water supply. Call the Hudson Valley location at (845) 297-1600 or visit their website for information on their licensed plumbers and certified water operators to improve the way your water looks, tastes, and smells.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from The Water Source
4 FAQ About Iron in Drinking Water, Wappinger, New York
Often, tap water contains minerals such as iron. At best, these contaminants are inconveniences, causing stains throughout the home. At worst, having excess iron in your water can da...read more
A Guide to Finding Hard Water in Your Home, Wappinger, New York
Hard water can have a variety of negative effects on you, your family, and your belongings. From deteriorating your plumbing lines to drying out your skin, it’s a problem that requir...read more
Is It Safe to Drink Water With Iron in It?, Wappinger, New York
Iron is an essential mineral that the body needs to carry oxygen from the lungs to the blood cells. Without it, a person can develop anemia, which can cause heart and breathing probl...read more
3 Benefits of Drinking Reverse Osmosis Water, Wappinger, New York
Healthcare experts generally recommend that people should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day for optimal health. However, if the water in your home contains con...read more
5 Reasons to Use a Reverse Osmosis Water System, Wappinger, New York
Water filtration doesn’t have to involve a carbon filter. It can also happen from reverse osmosis, or when water gets forced through a special membrane that captures a wide range of ...read more