Kenosha County Water

Kenosha Water Utility provides water and wastewater services to over 100,000 people – yes, we did say 100,000 people – throughout the county including the City of Kenosha, Villages of Bristol, Pleasant Prairie, and Somers. How does Kenosha have enough water to provide for over 100,000 people, you might ask? Well, Kenosha County has been providing drinking water to communities since 1894 using Lake Michigan’s surface water.

Since Kenosha County is providing water to over 100,000 people, it must be assumed that there are virtually no water challenges, and the drinking water is practically perfect. Well, below we have identified the challenges facing Kenosha County, and how Guthrie and Frey can assist with these challenges.

Water Challenges in Kenosha county:

So what challenges is Kenosha County facing? Lead is a common issue in Kenosha County’s drinking water. There are several health concerns that stem from this contaminant – especially for pregnant women and children. Lead in drinking water comes from materials in your home’s plumbing system, not from the water itself. Kenosha County Water Utility is responsible for healthy drinking water but cannot control the materials used within a home. So, how can you control the materials threatening you in your home? You can control and minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds – 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.

If your home was built before 1936, it is extremely likely there are lead fixtures in your home causing contaminated water (unless they have been replaced, of course). To see if your water contains lead, schedule a water test today.

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The Effects of Hard Water

  • Makes your clothes dingy
  • Stains your sinks
  • Puts spots on your glasses
  • Clogs your pipes

What's in my water?

ContaminantAbout the ContaminantSigns of the Contaminant
IronAlthough small amounts do not have a negative effect on your health, Iron is a contaminant that contains bacteria, where large amounts of iron can be hazardous to your health. Iron is only found in private wells and is not usually associated with bacteria unless it is Iron Reducing Bacteria which is only found in a small percentage of private wells.

Iron does not blend well with soap, leaving residue on your bathtub, appliances, and skin (causing clogged pores). Typically, we refer to calcium and magnesium which is measured as “hardness” in water not blending well with soap and leaving residue.
Metallic taste which carries into your food and beverages

Leaves orange/red stains on anything the water touches

Iron residue build up can cause pipes to clog, thus decreasing water pressure in your home.
Hydrogen SulfideMore commonly known as the “rotten egg” smell or “sulfur water,” this smell may only be noticeable when water is first turned on or if it goes through a water heater. Hydrogen Sulfide corrodes metals and tarnishes silverware and other utensils in addition to causing yellow or black stains on kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Hydrogen Sulfide is usually not a health risk in household concentrations. In rare cases, it can cause nausea and other illnesses. To ensure your drinking water is safe, a custom water treatment plan Is in order.Rotten egg smell
OdorIf your water has an odor, this means there is a contaminant in the water. Odor in well water is associate to hydrogen sulfide gas- it isn’t harmful to you but smells like rotten eggs.Rotten egg smell

Hard Water in Kenosha County

Hard water is not uncommon in Wisconsin, and although it is not likely to have a negative effect on human health (in small amounts), it does cause a buildup in appliances and pipes within your home. If the buildup becomes too much, it can cause problems in appliances, sometimes resulting in a full replacement. Knowing how hard your water is can help prevent these issues from arising. Water is measured in grains of hardness – the higher the number, the harder your water is. Kenosha County water typically ranges from 10-40 grains of hardness. Whereas soft water is typically below 1 grain of hardness, helping prevent appliance issues and failures.

A Few Reasons why Kenosha County Loves Guthrie & Frey

Extensive Warranties

Rental rates will never be raised

Free Installation

Competitive pricing and rent-to-own options available

From the Senior Technician in Kenosha County:


How do I have my water tested?


Give us a call to schedule your free water test. A technician will come and get samples of your water to take back to the lab and examine for contaminants.


How do I know if I have lead fixtures and pipes?


If you are unsure what lead pipes look like in your home, our technicians are happy to come and take a look!


Is hard water bad?


Hard water does not have a negative effect on your health, however, the contaminants cause buildup on appliances, causing them to fail prematurely. Additionally, hard water will leave a film or red/orange stain on anything it touches.

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Recommended Water Treatment Techniques for Kenosha County


GF Series Water Softener System

Hard water can be much more problematic than you think. It can cause buildup of mineral scale inside your appliances and plumbing.

Ideal For:

  • Preventing scale buildup in home kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Improving the taste and texture of the water in your home.
  • Saving money on plumbing and appliance maintenance.
  • Ensuring cleaner clothes and dishes via cleaner water.

GF Twin Alternating Series: High-Efficient Water Softener

The Guthrie & Frey Twin Alternating Water Softener provides a continuous supply of softened water with no downtime for regeneration.

Ideal For:

  • Robust and efficient solutions
  • Reducing mineral scale and soap usage.
  • Energy efficient consumption of water-using equipment.
  • Reducing buildup in appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.

Iron Curtain Junior

Filter iron and reduce rotten egg odor, all without the use of chemicals.

Ideal For:

  • Low-cost of operation.
  • Highly oxygenated water.
  • Custom designs for larger homes.
  • Economical option for moderate iron and odor.
For Your Health

Reverse Osmosis System

If you replace the water your body needs by drinking tap water, your body is forced to act as a filter—straining out contaminants which can lead to health problems, including cancer, kidney damage, miscarriage, and gastrointestinal upsets. By contrast, a reverse osmosis water filter can distill your tap water to 99.9% pure!

Know The Facts

Arsenic Water Treatment

Arsenic is an element that occurs naturally in soil and bedrock. Traces of arsenic can also be found in groundwater, lakes, rivers and ocean water.

What people are saying about Guthrie & Frey in Kenosha County

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