Some people may remember being told to avoid drinking water from the garden hose or other sources by their parents. This may be a distant memory for some of us, but many people are confused by different grades of water. The quality of water that you may be using in your garden is not suitable for drinking or cooking. In this article, we will look at three water quality grades and how they are used.

  1. Work Grade Water

This is treated water that you would use for cleaning, showering, bathing, and laundry. It may be further filtered and softened with a home water treatment system to improve the quality. Many modern appliance manufacturers even state in owner’s manuals that their products are not designed to work with hard water efficiently. Hard water can cause damage to plumbing pipes and staining that’s hard to remove. Work grade water should not be used for drinking and cooking. Installing your own home water filtration system and water softener will improve the water quality and protect your home.

  1. Utility Grade Water

This is the raw water that you receive at an outdoor faucet or from a well. This water has not undergone any filtration, and it’s typically hard water. This water grade is used for landscaping, watering, irrigation, and cleaning exterior surfaces. High water quality is not required for these kinds of activities, and raw water is perfectly fine. But, some sources of raw water can cause rust colored stains, or it may have an unpleasant odor. Cleaning with this raw water can ruin outdoor surfaces during cleaning, and it should be avoided. It is possible to improve the quality of utility grade water by installing a water filtration system as a final level of protection.

  1. Drinking Water

As the name suggests, drinking water is filtered to a basic standard of cleanliness to make it safe to consume. You can use this grade of water for drinking, cooling, and making your ice. But, it’s important to understand that many contaminants can enter the water supply during the delivery to your home. Any cracks or breaks in the water delivery pipe network can allow contaminants to enter. Also, there are emergent contaminants that are not removed at the water treatment plant. Finally, municipal water treatment systems do not remove hardness from your water supply. Installing a reverse osmosis (RO) treatment system will remove almost all contaminants from your water without using any chemicals.

As you can see, water quality and the different grades of water are designed to be used in specific ways. The quality of water can vary a great deal depending on the source of your water and where you live. Some cities do supply water that is pre-treated with reduced hardness making it ideal as work or utility grade water. In most areas, softening is necessary to make the water easier to use. If you want to improve your water quality, contact your local water treatment specialist today.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.