How hard is the water in Lewes?

Water hardness reading:
245 ppm (very hard)

Hard water is prevalent in Lewes

The mains water supply in Lewes is hard. This is because the soil in East Sussex is mainly comprised of chalk or limestone. These soil types are full of calcium and magnesium minerals, which are renowned for causing hard water. Although rainfall is naturally soft, when it reaches the soil, hard water is the inevitable outcome.

Hard water is bad for our skin and hair. It dries them out, aggravating conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. It also washes the living daylights out of laundry – that’s why it makes clothes and towels feel starchy and crusty and loses their softness.

Even worse, hard water is the chief cause of limescale – the unsightly deposits that emerge anywhere hard water exists, in kitchens, bathrooms and household appliances. You can never get rid of it as long as hard water is in the system. Unless, of course, you choose to have a water softener installed.

Perhaps an even bigger problem with hard water is what it does to central heating systems. Limescale gets caked on pipework and in water tanks, reducing the energy efficiency of boilers and water storage capacity. This can be very expensive in terms of increased fuel bills and replacement parts for the boiler.

Having a water softener provides easy, permanent and cost-effective lifestyle benefits. Softeners are great for everyday washing, cleaning and cooking. And they’ll bring shine time to your skin and hair.
Lewes doesn’t have such hard water as Sussex coastal locations but, at 245 parts per million (ppm), the town’s water hardness measurement is still quite high, given that any reading above 200ppm is deemed hard. With a Scott Jenkins water softener, that reading will plummet to virtually zero.

Lewes – an Overview

Annual rainfall: 37.2 inch or 946mm

Lewes is the historic county town of East Sussex, England, as well as being the police and judicial centre for the whole of Sussex, East Sussex Crown Court and HMP Lewes. The town is also the seat of East Sussex County Council.

Seven miles north of Brighton and Newhaven, the town’s landmarks include Lewes Castle, Lewes Priory, Southover Grange and a 16th-century timber-framed house known as Anne of Cleves House.

The town’s most important annual event is the Lewes Bonfire on 5 November, Guy Fawkes Night. It’s known as the UK’s biggest bonfire celebrations.

Mains Drinking Water and Sewerage Services in Lewes

If you live in Lewes, your mains water and sewerage services are under the control of Southern Water and South East Water.

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