When Ralph purchased his house, he was enamored by the size of the property and the privacy. Surrounded by acres of woods, he had no neighbors or traffic to worry about. Although he’d constantly used city water until then, he was excited to have his own water well. He assumed this would give him a plentiful supply of water at little expense. Unfortunately, his well produces hard water that’s overrun with minerals like rust, lime and calcium. He’s tried water softeners, however the water is pretty badly contaminated so he simply runs out of water. The hard water causes aggravation, damage, plus expense. He’s discovered that despite the quality of water heater he purchases, it will never last longer than three or four years. He drains the water heater every year plus keeps up with professional maintenance, but the amount of minerals in the water still corrodes the tank. He has the same concern with every appliance the water contacts. He needs a new washing machine every five years. He’s given up running the dishwasher. The dishes come out so stained and dirty that he needs to scrub them. His water stains the tubs, sinks, his clothing and linens. It damages his drains and pipes, plus is even a concern for his family’s skin, hair, and even teeth. The hardness of the water forces Ralph to use huge amounts of detergent and soaps, which is also strenuous on his pipes. It seems like he’s constantly scrubbing plus dealing with more plumbing repairs. While Ralph likes his house’s location, he’s considered selling just because of his terrible water well.