How hard is my water?

Hardness refers to the calcium and magnesium carbonate content. Water hardness in the City of Abilene varies depending on the water source being used. Currently the hardness averages about 240 milligrams per liter calcium carbonate. This equates to about 14 grains per gallon.

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1. When I turn my water faucet on it smells like rotten eggs. What is causing the smell?
2. How hard is my water?
3. Is our water safe?
4. For what substances do we test?
5. How often is testing performed?
6. Who performs the tests?
7. Are any other tests performed on City of Abilene drinking water?
8. Why does the City put fluoride in the water?
9. What does the City use to disinfect drinking water?
10. What water education programs are available?