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How hard is Thessaloniki's water?

22/06/2017
by Μαργιώλος Γιώργος
How hard is Thessaloniki's water?

water hardness meterHard water and limescale make water taste bad. They also stop water from producing more foam in our shower, they destroy our washing machines and our dishwashers and of course they ruin our tiles.

We can measure water's hardness in german derees. We can also measure it in mg CaCO3/l or even in french degrees. We use an instrument called simply "hardness meter". Most of them measure hardness in german degrees. Check the table below:

  • 1 german degree = 17,9 mg CaCO3/l
  • 1 german degree = 1,79 french degree
  • 1 french degree = 10 mg CaO/l
  • 1 french degree = 0,56 german degree

If you live in Thessaloniki, Greece, have a look at this table:


AREA IN THESSALONIKI GERMAN DEGREES
AMPELOKIPOI 15-16
ANALIPSI 14-15
ANO ILIOUPOLI 12-13
ANO POLI 15-16
ANO TOUMPA 15-16
AGIOS PAVLOS 15-16
ARETSOU 14-15
VIPETH 12-13
DENDROPOTAPOS 15-16
40 EKKLISIES
15-16
EFKARPIA 12-13
EVOSMOS 12-13
KALAMARIA 14-15
KATO TOUMPA 14-15
KENTRO POLIS 15-16
KIFISIA 13-14
KORDELIO 14-15
NEA KRINI 14-15
NEA PARALIA 14-15
NEAPOLI 13-14
KSIROKRINI 15-16
PANORAMA 13-14
PEFKA 13-14
POLIHNI 14-15
PILAIA 14-15
STAVROUPOLI 19-20
SIKIES 16-17
FINIKAS 13-14
OREOKASTRO 13-14

Now check out this table

German degrees Water is:
0-4 german degrees Very soft
4-8 german degrees
Soft
8-12 german degrees
Medium
12-18 german degrees Hard enough
18-30 german degrees Hard
>30 german degrees Very hard

What can I do to reduce limescale and soften my water?

First of all you can install a whole house water filter with a polyphosphate cartridge that reduces limescale. You can put an ion exchange resin in this housing but i won't last as long as polyphosphate. But it will soften your water. The best solution though would be to install a water softener in your house's water main supply that soften all the water in your house.

Click here to see what is the best water filter system to buy for your home

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