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I have a stream that runs through my property and i want to get the water checked out. Anyone know where to get this done.
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nomad;123126 Wrote:I have a stream that runs through my property and i want to get the water checked out. Anyone know where to get this done.

Tested for what and why? If you think its being polluted then find a indy lab. If its just to check if its safe to drink those are easy but I would not bother because it could be safe today and not tomorrow if something died upstream. For drinking always assume its not safe and filter accordingly.
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#3
Drink it and see if you die.

I know of a place but have no clue where you live. Any place that does wells or water softeners should be able to do it.
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#4
Amazingly if it doesnt taste like it will kill you you're fine. Your body might reapond via diarrhea if it is not safe but typically all water is safe unless and until someone upstream dumps nuclear material in it which will not show up on a standard water test anyway!
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#5
Home depot has free water test kits, I'm guessing for tap water but how will they know, they call with the results, and then try to sell you something if it turns up bad.
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bac0nfat;123144 Wrote:Drink it and see if you die.

I know of a place but have no clue where you live. Any place that does wells or water softeners should be able to do it.

Good idea I'll try one of these.
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nomad;123176 Wrote:
bac0nfat;123144 Wrote:Drink it and see if you die.

I know of a place but have no clue where you live. Any place that does wells or water softeners should be able to do it.

Good idea I'll try one of these.

Be aware that they will be looking for anything that they can use as a selling point to pitch one of their filtering/conditioning units.
In other words, you're going to get sales pitches for their top of the line equipment that will correct anything and everything, whether it's a real threat or not. Maybe you want it, maybe not. (Maybe you actually need it).
I've always been on "municipal water" (Probably worse than groundwater in a lot of cases) and have no idea where to get an independent, unbiased analasys, and I think that's what you're probably looking for.
I know there are places that will do it, maybe associated with local government or a college or some such institution that has no interest in selling anything, and that's what I think you're looking for.
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Those who watch things happen,
And those who wonder what happened.
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mauser;123177 Wrote:I've always been on "municipal water" (Probably worse than groundwater in a lot of cases) and have no idea where to get an independent, unbiased analasys, and I think that's what you're probably looking for.

If Municipal water were as bad as everyone would like to believe, don't you think we'd be seeing high instances of illness and death associated with it?

The last widespread outbreak of disease from a municipal system that I heard about was in Milwaukee a few years ago, when cryptospordium had infiltrated the system and was growing in huge numbers.

Over all, the US has some of the best fresh water systems in the world, and yet people still like to declare that it's unsafe, or unfit for drinking. Granted there's always a chance that you might get sick by drinking tainted water from a municipal system before the system itself finds the problem. But that could be true of getting well water too, unless you're testing it daily.

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#9
Bill Scott at H2O Base in pipersville will give you a straight answer.
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streaker69;123180 Wrote:
mauser;123177 Wrote:I've always been on "municipal water" (Probably worse than groundwater in a lot of cases) and have no idea where to get an independent, unbiased analasys, and I think that's what you're probably looking for.

If Municipal water were as bad as everyone would like to believe, don't you think we'd be seeing high instances of illness and death associated with it?

The last widespread outbreak of disease from a municipal system that I heard about was in Milwaukee a few years ago, when cryptospordium had infiltrated the system and was growing in huge numbers.

Over all, the US has some of the best fresh water systems in the world, and yet people still like to declare that it's unsafe, or unfit for drinking. Granted there's always a chance that you might get sick by drinking tainted water from a municipal system before the system itself finds the problem. But that could be true of getting well water too, unless you're testing it daily.

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I'm not really afraid of disease from "municipal water", many brands of bottled water are nothing more than tap water. Municipal water is treated with chemicals to bring it up to the "standards" set forth by the government and I'm not completely convinced that some chemicals are safe for long term use/exposure. (Fluoride comes to mind right away as a common suspect).
The verdict still isn't in on why cancer is so prevalent these days but less of a problem many years ago. Was it that it just wasn't recognized/diagnosed as easily as it is today or could it be exposure to chemicals used in food/water/industry to keep us safe from disease? Or might it be genetic mutation and lifestyle changes?
I'd be more comfortable with adequate filtration and a trusted source (aquifer rather than stream in the woods) than chemical treatment, but I'd probably be most comfortable not dying of thirst.
There are three types of people in the world:
Those who make things happen,
Those who watch things happen,
And those who wonder what happened.
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