What is up with the water in Phoenix & Nevada?

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I just got back from vacation last night and I was wondering if anyone knew what is up with the water in Phoenix and Nevada. The water was filmy and no matter how much I washed my hands or body it seemed slick, almost like there was still soap on my skin but it wasnt the soap it was the water itself. My hubby had the same issues and we didn't know what was going on. Is the water in this area soft or hard? And does anyone know where it comes from?
I couldn't wait to get home and wash my hair with what I deem normal water. I've never had this issue anywhere else I've travelled to thus far.

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It sounds like the water was softened. It gets that slippery feeling.
There are a lot of minerals in the water in Phoenix. You can't drink the water out of the tap; it is disgusting and it is sometimes white or has a white film to it you can see. I'm not sure if it's hard or soft but with the dry climate, your skin and hair are always dry.
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Thanks guys, I knew something was up...it was frustrating to feel like I couldn't get it off of my skin and hair, I don't know how people who live there deal with it. As soon as I came home I washed my hair and did a deep treatment.

Even trying to wash my hands was weird, I'd wash and wash and they felt so slippery and filmy soap did nothing to get it off.


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Vegas water is the nastiest (followed by Phoenix). Luckily in Tucson it's just a bit hard, but not overly so. I remember as a kid taking road trips to Vegas we' bring our own water because it was so gross!
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Vegas water is the nastiest (followed by Phoenix). Luckily in Tucson it's just a bit hard, but not overly so. I remember as a kid taking road trips to Vegas we' bring our own water because it was so gross!
Originally Posted by SaraNoH
I agree! I wasn't prepared for that water at all.


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Vegas water is the nastiest (followed by Phoenix). Luckily in Tucson it's just a bit hard, but not overly so. I remember as a kid taking road trips to Vegas we' bring our own water because it was so gross!
Originally Posted by SaraNoH
Are you in Tucson?


The ground water in Tucson tastes very good but is hard - it goes through limestone which means it leaves calcium deposits and has other minerals in it. Tucson has a mixture of CAP water and ground water in taps for homes serviced by Tucson water, so doesn't taste too bad. In Phoenix you can strongly taste the chlorine and chemicals used to "clean" the water - I suspect it's the same thing in Vegas.


The worst water I've been around is in parts of Florida where you can smell sulfur as water comes out of the tap - I had to use bottled water to brush my teeth and wash my hands prior to putting in/removing contacts or it would burn.
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Ew! That sounds awful. Wish you were all here in Manhattan - we have many faults (including Superstorm Sandy) but the water is fine.
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