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There was a time when descaling the electric kettle was a fairly routine task. But, you know what, I can't remember the last time we had to do it and a quick peek shows absolutely no calcium build up in our current kettle.

 

Have they done something to Nottingham's water?

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Or maybe,made electric kettles better!!

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Must be something in your water.

 

I've still had to descale the kettle maybe a couple of times a year for as long as I can remember. 

 

 

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You probably get your water from the peak district these days, "soft" surface water. I recall when Nottingham's water was pumped up from the Bunter sand stone strata, it was hard as nails and scaled a kettle very quickly.

Mine where I live is loaded with dissolved lime, so water heaters and kettles have to be descaled on a regular basis.

 

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Very hard water here in West Mids so occasionally when I think about it, I cover the kettle element with vinigar, just boil it up a couple of times then again with clear water and that sorts it out.:)

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Our water here in West Hucknall comes from the river Derwent dams & is soft according to Severn Trent website, our kettle never furs up. When I lived in Kirkby it was hard & the kettle did fur up. Father in law used to bring a bottle of Hucknall tap water & a camping kettle with him when he came to visit us as he said he couldn't drink tea made with Kirkby water. I can tell the difference when I visit friends in Kirkby....

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My water is Modertley Hard and 

"The supply to this area is from a blend of sources from our East Midlands Strategic Network "

Rise Park ZoneT 24

 

That'll be the leftovers then..

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Our water in the Trent Valley villages comes from Oxton reservoir. It’s pumped out of the ground in Halam You can see the pumping station on the back lane from Halam to Oxton Hill. I’ve checked our kettle, which must be over 5 years old and there is no trace of limescale.

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Is there a way that your water can be pumped here? Our tap water is terrible, it causes limescale everywhere. Even the dogs water bowls have to have a scrub out now and again. Washing clothes eventually causes them to go hard. So every now and again I wash in vinegar first. Drinking water from the tap although advised by the powers that be say it's fine, we leave it to water the plants and we drink bottled water and to make tea.

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Bit of an impossibility now.

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nonnaB

if ever you do come back to the UK  don't go to live in Linc's we lived over there, for a while, and went through 1/2 kettles  a month, scum floated on top of you coffee/tea, and when you tried to dry your self, on a towel it felt just like sand-paper.

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No Mary I've had enough of moving. I don't intend to go back, I'm happy here and we have hot, sunny summers, cold winters with plenty of sun. So don't think I'd like to go back to dismal days wondering when the sun was going to shine. Things we miss we can find online, we are able to see which specialist we prefer instead of waiting for Dr to decide, we can choose which hospital we want. Ok there are things we don't like but wherever you are there's always something that goes across the grain.

 

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Our water in Nottingham is fine, we’ve never had to de-scale a kettle during out time here, although I do use a filter jug in the hope that any impurities from the old Mapperley Park water pipes are eliminated before the water goes into the kettle.  

When we lived in Hertfordshire the water was very hard but tasted a lot better than up here.

 Our kettle in Dorset needs de-scaling regularly, it’s very annoying, I must try a filter jug down there too as I don’t like scum on top of a cup of tea/coffee. 

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Growing up in Netherfield, I remember the water was very hard.  Kettles furred up quick.  I once asked where our water came from and was told Nottingham's bunter sandstone.  Always seemed good to drink.

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The Bunter outcrops on Castle Blvd in fact the castle sits on it, then it "dives" back underground. Clifton Colliery had two drifts through it, South Main Returns  and the Stonehead  drift they both dissected  one of Nottingham's largest faults, the Trent sits at the fault section at Wilford and dips over 160 feet to the south. Clifton's last pit bottom was in the Deep Hard seam, Stone head drift varied from 1:4 to 1:6 and was 3.4 mile long and ended up in the Deep Hard seam once more.

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Just typed up a lengthy reply to this and the site went all '404' on me so I lost it. That Mick 2Me was online earlier so maybe he was messing about.  Anyone would think he owned the place.. ;)

 

I may try again tomorrow as I cannot be ****d re-typing it now.

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I would have thought those pits would have been pretty wet cutting through there.

 

The site was offline for me at breakfast (our time)  I was glad to find it up and running again by lunch.

Something to do with storm 'Dennis' maybe?  Glad y'all still there.

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There was very little water seeping out of the Bunter Dave.

The shafts went through the Bunter, but they were bricked from top to bottom, and the two drifts from pit bottom accessed the Bunter on the other side of the big fault, my only guess is it wasn't the water table on that side of the fault.

Beeston Boiler Company had several water wells down into the Bunter to supply all their own water. They were north of the major fault.

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