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How Hard is Dorset's and Somerset's Hard Water?



We were sent a chart by a national company ranking the worst hard water areas in the UK.





As I scanned down, absolutely none of the towns that we regularly visit were on it!

So, where would our towns in Dorset and South Somerset fit into this chart?


Water Hardness in the towns (and a couple of villages) we serve in Dorset and South Somerset according to Wessex Waters online postcode water quality checker (and South West Water for Lyme Regis) to make our own top 20!


1. Sherborne 364ppm

2. Beaminster 302ppm

2. Weymouth 302ppm

3. Dorchester 300ppm

5. Blandford 294pppm

6. Portland 293ppm

7. Wool 292ppm

7. Bere Regis 292ppm

7. Swanage 292ppm

7. Wareham 292ppm

8. Wincanton 291ppm

8. Lytchett Matravers 291ppm

9. Sturminster Newton 289ppm

10. Hazelbury Bryan 288ppm

11. Cerne Abbas 281ppm

12. Maiden Newton 279ppm

12. Stallbridge 279ppm

13. Charmouth 278ppm

14. Shaftsbury 277ppm

14.Gillingham 277ppm

15. Bridport 257ppm

16. Chard 250ppm

17. Ilminster 249ppm

18. Lyme Regis 225ppm

19. Yeovil 176ppm

19. Yetminster 176ppm

19. Crewkerne 176ppm

20. Illchester 146ppm


Now lets add in the hardest Town in Dorset, Sherborne into the national picture:

  1. Ipswitch 423ppm

  2. Colchester 379ppm

  3. Sherborne 364ppm

  4. Luton 360ppm

  5. Norwich 359ppm

  6. Watford 358ppm

  7. Stevenage 355ppm

  8. Swindon 343ppm

  9. Harrow 335 ppm

  10. Hemeal Hempsted 333ppm

But, that said. Whenever we Survey and install a softener we take a reading of the current hardness level, we have seen regularly Dorchester and Cerne Abbas easily make it into the national top 10 and others easily into the national top 20!


This is why we have been a Softener Specialist since the 1970s dealing with some of the Hardest water in the UK!