By: Mary-Ann Maloney
Our tests showed that of the cities we samples, Thebes had the hardest water at 336 parts per million (ppm). Wyatt was next at 283 ppm. Both of those towns use well water. Perryville gets it's water from Saline Creek. It's water measured 184 ppm.
Curious to learn what our soft water was doing to our pipes and appliances, a few days later I took a bigger sample back to Environmental Analysis. After a week, I had my answer. Our water is too soft. Typically softened water should measure between -.5 ppm and .5 ppm. Ours was -2.3 parts per million.