How hard is the water in Barnham?

Water hardness reading:
280 ppm (very hard)

Why is the water in Barnham so hard?

Like most of West Sussex, Barnham is renowned for having very hard water. The reason for this is that the county predominantly stands on chalky soil, which contains calcium and magnesium deposits. These are minerals which turn initially soft rainwater hard. The best way to combat hard water in your home is to have a water softener installed.

In terms of water hardness, anything in the region of 300 ppm (parts per million) is considered hard. Under 100 ppm is moving towards soft. With Barnham registering around 280 ppm, this is definitely at the high end of the scale. It’s not quite tin hat time in the shower, but water doesn’t get much harder than this! Incidentally, the more it rains, the higher the reading.

Barnham – an Overview

Barnham is a bustling, semi-rural village in the Arun district of West Sussex which, since 2019, has been known as the parish of Barnham and Eastergate. It is situated about five miles north of Bognor Regis and midway between Chichester and Arundel, with the South Downs national park located nearby. At the 2011 census, including the ward of Aldingbourne, Barnham’s population was 8627.

Steeped in history, the parish church of St Mary dates back to the 11th century.
Barnham’s most recognisable building is its windmill, built in 1827. At the heart of the village lies the train station, which is on the main Chichester to Brighton line. For many travellers, somewhat unfairly, the only time they hear reference to Barnham is when the announcement “change at Barnham for Bognor Regis” comes over the tannoy!

Mains, drinking water & sewage services in Barnham

Barnham’s mains drinking water and sewerage services are predominantly provided by Southern Water.

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1. Cutback on cleaning

Household cleaning products work more effectively with soft water - keeping surfaces looking shinier, more wholesome and grime-free. Less elbow grease!

2. Sensationally soft hair

Say goodbye to limp and frizzy hair. You won't believe how soft your hair can feel with softened water!

3. Longer-lasting appliances

An end to furring and limescale. Everyday household staples, like dishwashers, kettles and irons love soft water.

4. Lots more bubbles

There’s nothing better than washing and bathing in softened water – it’s always a lovely bubbly, luxurious experience!

5. Softer laundry

Clothes and towels will feel soft to the touch and stay looking as good as new for longer.

6. Perfect pipework

By eradicating destructive limescale, soft water enables boilers and radiators to perform reliably for years and years.

8. A better cuppa

Soft water = incredible tasting tea and coffee! You will use less tea or coffee to make the same strength of brew. Not only that, you won't get any scum forming on top.

9. Save money on bills

Of course, you will have the initial expense of having the water softener installed. But once it’s in place, you’ll start to make savings on your household bills straightaway.

10. Put some sparkle into your home

Cleaning is much more productive with soft water, as there won’t be nearly as much grime & staining from hard water. Bathrooms, taps & sinks will sparkle like never before!

1. Cutback on cleaning

Household cleaning products work more effectively with soft water - keeping surfaces looking shinier, more wholesome and grime-free. Less elbow grease!

2. Sensationally soft hair

Say goodbye to limp and frizzy hair. You won't believe how soft your hair can feel with softened water!

3. Longer-lasting appliances

An end to furring and limescale. Everyday household staples, like dishwashers, kettles and irons love soft water.

4. Lots more bubbles

There’s nothing better than washing and bathing in softened water – it’s always a lovely bubbly, luxurious experience!

5. Softer laundry

Clothes and towels will feel soft to the touch and stay looking as good as new for longer.

6. Perfect pipework

By eradicating destructive limescale, soft water enables boilers and radiators to perform reliably for years and years.

8. A better cuppa

Soft water = incredible tasting tea and coffee! You will use less tea or coffee to make the same strength of brew. Not only that, you won't get any scum forming on top.

9. Save money on bills

Of course, you will have the initial expense of having the water softener installed. But once it’s in place, you’ll start to make savings on your household bills straightaway.

10. Put some sparkle into your home

Cleaning is much more productive with soft water, as there won’t be nearly as much grime & staining from hard water. Bathrooms, taps & sinks will sparkle like never before!