How hard is the water in Fishbourne?

Water hardness reading:
280 ppm (very hard)

Why is the tap water in Fishbourne so hard?

Like much of West Sussex, the village of Fishbourne stands on chalky soil. When it rains, the magnesium and calcium deposits contained within the chalk have the effect of turning water hard. Every time it rains, the situation persists! This is one reason why many homeowners in the south of England choose to have a water softener installed, to ensure they receive consistently user-friendly soft water flowing through their taps!

For Fishbourne residents, the water hardness levels are consistently at around 280ppm (parts per million). This is considered to be at the high end of the scale and, whilst it doesn’t mean that you’ll need to wear a tin hat in the shower, you’ll certainly notice a considerable amount of staining and limescale build up in kitchens and bathrooms. Soaps and shampoos will also struggle to retain any lather!

Fishbourne – an Overview

Annual rainfall: 30.75 inch or 781mm

Fishbourne is a famously historic West Sussex village, situated a couple of miles west of Chichester. In the 2001 census, the population stood at just under 2000 people.  Even so, it has two pubs and a railway station. 

But perhaps Fishbourne is best known for its Roman Palace, a major archaeological site, which dates back to the Roman conquest of Britain in AD43. It was ravaged by fire in the 3rd century and never rebuilt.  

It lay undiscovered until 1960, when Portsmouth Water was installing a water main between Fishbourne and nearby to Birdham.  During the excavation of a trench, the Roman Palace remains were unearthed. It turned out to be the largest domestic building ever found in Britain.

In 2019, the elaborate grave of a real-life Iron Age resistance fighter, fleeing the Roman legionnaires, was discovered on a West Sussex building site. He’s known by several names, including North Bersted Man and the Fishbourne Warrior. 

Mains, drinking water & sewage services in Fishbourne

Fishbourne’s mains drinking water and sewerage services are provided by Portsmouth 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!