When my husband and I moved out of our cramped apartment in the city, and bought a home in the country, we were super excited about our giant yard. We were looking forward to the privacy, fresh air, and the ability to make the place our own. We weren’t concerned about trading city water for well water. We figured this would save us some money, since we’d no longer be paying a water bill. I planned to plant a vegetable garden and was happy to have the ability to water my plants without draining the budget. We soon found out that our well produces extremely hard water. Our water supply is overrun with calcium, lime and rust, and it destroys everything it touches. The hard water discolors our clothes and linens, and leaves a residue on sinks and bathtubs. I’m forced to use very harsh chemicals for cleaning, which then damages the finish. Our faucets are constantly clogged and quickly become corroded. Our water heater never lasts longer than a couple of years because the hard water either builds up an excessive amount of sediment or causes the tank to rupture. My washing machine frequently malfunctions and I don’t even bother trying to run a dishwasher. The dishes come out looking worse than when I loaded them in. The hard water turns the glasses cloudy, leaves water spots and stains everything an ugly orange. We’ve tried water softeners, hoping to fix the problem. The water is so excessively hard that the softener system runs and runs and eventually leaves us with no water.