Drinking water is something we often take for granted in the U.S. We turn on a faucet in our home and out pours potable water. But a large number of homes in the country face trouble with hard water, which is water that contains a high level of mineral content suspended in it. Hard water minerals include calcium and magnesium—the primary causes of hard water—as well as aluminum, barium, iron, zinc, strontium, and manganese.
All those minerals may sound a bit concerning when you read about them. If your home has hard water, does it pose a significant health risk to your family? And is there anything you can do about getting rid of it?