Alabama

Water Quality in the State of Alabama

Alabama is home to an estimated 4.9 million residents. It has the most inland waterways in the US with a total of 1,500 miles. Roughly 553 trillion gallons of water is stored in underground Alabama aquifers. Groundwater is the primary source of water for 44% of the population. Other drinking water sources come from surface waters such as rivers and reservoirs throughout Alabama state.

Water Hardness by City

Alabama water is moderately soft with a state average hardness of 61 PPM. While the majority of Alabama cities share soft water such as the water in Mobile (43 PPM), whose water comes from Big Creek Lake, some hard water areas are Huntsville (81 PPM), and Madison (98 PPM). This is due to limestone-rich aquifers in the Tennessee river valley.

 

For more information on water hardness in specific cities, please see table below.

 

City Water hardness Data

Alabaster

35007 | 35114

204.5 PPM (mg/L) or 12 gpg
 

Auburn

36830 | 36832 | 36849

38.7 PPM (mg/L) or 2.3 gpg
 

Bessemer

35020 | 35022 | 35023
97.4 PPM (mg/L) or 5.7 gpg
 

Birmingham

35203 | 35204 | 35205 | 35206 | 35207 | 35208 | 35209 | 35210 | 35211 | 35212 | 35213 | 35214 | 35215 | 35216 | 35217 | 35218 | 35221 | 35222 | 35223 | 35224 | 35226 | 35228 | 35229 | 35233 | 35234 | 35235 |35242 | 35243 | 35244 | 35254 

87 PPM (mg/L) or 5 gpg

Calera

35040
195 PPM (mg/L) or 11.5 gpg

Centre

35960 | 35042

90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

Chelsea

35043

90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

Clanton

35045 | 35046

88.4 PPM (mg/L) or 5.2 gpg

Clayton

36016

90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

Decatur

35601 | 35603

56.6 PPM (mg/L) or 3.4 gpg

Dothan

36301 | 36303 | 36305
100.4 PPM (mg/L) or 5.9 gpg

Fairfield

35064

90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

Fort Payne

35967 | 35968
90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

Fultondale

35068
90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

Gardendale

35071

90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

Helena

35080

117.4 PPM (mg/L) or 6.9 gpg

Huntsville

35801 |35802 | 35803 | 35805 | 35806 | 35808 | 35810 | 35811 | 35816 | 35824 | 35896 

81 PPM (mg/L) or 5 gpg

Jasper

35501 | 35503 | 35504

 

95 PPM (mg/L) or 5.6 gpg

Madison

35756 |35757 | 35758 

98 PPM (mg/L) or 5 gpg

Mobile

36604 |36605 | 36606 | 36607 | 36608 | 36609 | 36610 | 36611 | 36612 | 36615 | 36616 | 36617 | 36618 | 36619 | 36688 | 36693 | 36695 

43 PPM (mg/L) or 3 gpg

Montevallo

35115

170.4 PPM (mg/L) or 10 gpg
 

Montgomery

36104 |36105 | 36106 | 36107 | 36108 | 36109 | 36110 | 36111 | 36112 | 36113 | 36115 | 36116 | 36117 

63 PPM (mg/L) or 4 gpg

Moody

35004

90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

Oneonta

35121

115.5 PPM (mg/L) or 6.8 gpg

Pelham

35124

187.5 PPM (mg/L) or 11 gpg

Pisgah

35756

90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

Pleasant Grove

35127

90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

Trussville

35173

145 PPM (mg/L) or 8.5 gpg

Tuscaloosa

35401 |35404 | 35405 | 35406

62 PPM (mg/L) or 4 gpg

Wetumpka

36092 | 36093

90 PPM (mg/L) or 5.3 gpg

 

PPM = Parts Per Million

mg/L = Milligrams Per Liter

gpg = Grains Per Gallon

 

Manufacturing and Water Hardness

Alabama's top manufacturing industries are automotive, chemical, technology, forestry and aeronautics. Product processing in most manufacturing plants requires water. Cooling towers and HVAC are imperative to keeping operations running smoothly. Though Alabama has relatively soft water, industrial facilities can discover that they still experience headaches related to scale buildup and their equipment can deteriorate at a rapid pace and experience efficiency loss.

 

Solutions to your Water Quality Problems

Fixing your water quality issues in the state of Alabama will depend on your specific water source. It is best to test your potable water supply in order to get a better understanding of your water quality. Testing is relatively cheap. The test results will allow you to understand if your potable water has issues that need to be addressed. Common solutions to water contamination problems may include a water filtration system, a reverse osmosis system or other whole home water treatment solutions.

 

A problem that some Alabama residents will have to deal with is hard water. One old-fashioned, inefficient, expensive and unhealthy method to treat hard water is with a salt-based water softener. Most people don’t realize that if you’re using a water softener you are basically removing calcium and magnesium from your drinking water and adding salt to your diet. In addition, many states are banning the use of salt-based water softeners

 

Alternative water treatment solutions such as “water conditioners” have been gaining popularity in recent years because they are cheap to operate and the best eco-friendly solution for hard water. Hydropath technology, which powers the HydroFLOW water conditioners is by far the most efficient, cost-effective and eco-friendly solution to deal with hard water problems. To learn more about how HydroFLOW solves the problems created by hard water, please check out our technology page. You might want to read this blog that explains the difference between water conditioners and water softeners: Water Conditioner vs. Water Softener Blog.