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How safe is well water?

By August 16, 2008 - 10:57am
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I'm wondering if anyone has well water, rather than city water. We have well water and it's fine for showering and the baby swimming pool etc but we only use the filtered water for drinking and cooking. I was under the impression that was fairly standard operating procedure when one has a well water system.

However, neighbors of ours use our mutual well water for drinking, cooking and all their needs and have never had a problem. They have young children like us and none of their kids have ever been sick (that they know of) from use of well water.

Does anyone have any input regarding the necessity of filered water? We had our well water checked by a lab for content and it is not tainted but I still believe filtered water to be better. So do a lot of our nearby friends.


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I live in a rural area, and there is a water provider in this county that serves a quarter of the population of the county with polluted water, containing fecal coliform bacteria (people poop from septic tanks and chicken and cow manure from nearby rendering plants, TTHM, HAAS, TCR, SWTR, and Chlorine (from the chicken plant) according to the state and federal citations and test analysis, yet the Bush Administration refuses to enforce the requirement that they notify the public or their customers or take corrective action, or require them to cleanup the contaminants or shut down, because the operators of the system are loyal Republicans. I have obtained the violation reports and try to get the local congressman to look at them and he refuses to, and his assistant says he is too busy. I gave up trying to even get an appointment to discuss the situation after five letters and emails and more phone calls. The local newspaper has NO letters to the editor section and will not write articles critical of local officials. The ministerial society will not allow discussion of "political" or "health" issues in their forum attended by pastors from churches in the affected area. The FBI will not investigate unless they get a complaint from the state agency or people who drink the water and have proof that their health has been negatively affected.

So YES, it is a problem. It is enough to make me tune out and forget and and unwind / relay by playing this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAuBLTrmb4Y.

November 1, 2008 - 2:02pm
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You can also look at the website to find out how to test your water for drinking safety.


August 16, 2008 - 11:45am
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Listed below are the six basic steps you should take to maintain the safety of your drinking water. After the list you’ll find “how to” suggestions for each point to help you protect your well and your drinking water.


August 16, 2008 - 11:43am
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