How hard is the water in Selsey?

Water hardness reading:
280 ppm (very hard)

The tap water in Selsey is hard – here’s why

With Selsey being situated on the chalky soil of the south coast, it is inevitable that the local tap water is extremely hard. This is because when rainwater, which is soft, comes into contact with the chalk, the magnesium and calcium minerals within the chalk turn the water hard. The heavier the rainfall, the bigger the problem! The most effective solution to combat hard water in the home is to have a water softener fitted.

If water measures over 200 ppm (parts per million), it is considered hard. In Selsey, the water hardness level is typically around 280 ppm, which means it registers at the top end of the scale. In drier weather, the reading can fall slightly but, overall, Selsey has consistently hard water throughout the year.

Selsey – an Overview

Annual rainfall: 36.5 inch or 928mm

Selsey is a well-known seaside town in West Sussex, situated about eight miles south of Chichester. It’s known to be vulnerable to the weather and coastal erosion, given that its southernmost point, at Selsey Bill, is almost cut off from the mainland by the sea. Even so, Selsey is considered to be one of the sunniest areas in Britain.

With a population of about 10,500 and only one road in and out of the town over a bridge at Pagham Harbour, at one time Selsey was inaccessible at flood tide. A ferry boat was needed to transport passengers and horses to and from Sidlesham.

Selsey has one of England’s oldest cricket clubs, founded in 1834 and for many years the famous astronomer, the late Sir Patrick Moore CBE, was a club secretary and playing member. The club remains home to his 3D Exhibition that recreates his home study. In 1998, a tornado left an estimated £10m of destruction and damaged Sir Patrick’s observatory.

Mains, drinking water & sewage services in Selsey

Portsmouth Water provides the mains drinking water to Selsey.

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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!