The water in my area is so hard that a boiled egg pan has to be washed because I couldn't stand to use it again with that white hard water film that remains.
You're water must be a lot better than mine Sir Loin, and we live within spittin' distance.
Port Hueneme is supposed to have the best water in Ventura County. Besides that, I have an under-sink filtration system for the cold water.
Life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party - Jimmy Buffett
I don't see it as very difficult to find a good 1qt saucepan. I like my little Calphalon. It's a disk bottom pan, but I like that when you get it to the right temp, it stays there. I use it for lots of things, but mostly for sauces and gravies. With just 2 of us in the house, small pans come in handy.