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brian-hansen
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Location: Oregon

PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 2:36 pm    Post subject: Water quality reports Reply with quote

Drinking water regulations require my city to produce and mail water quality information to me and all other residents every year.

This is one flyer I don't throw out, and I consider it required reading for myself and everyone else.

I generally find myself reassured by the reports I've received. I happen to live in Portland, Oregon, and I've heard anecdotally, many times that Portland has a water supply that is in the top tier in terms of water quality. The reports generally confirm this view, and given mandated requirements on reporting, I've felt justified in having confidence in them.

But I still wonder if I'm being spun. Organizations are notorious for putting the best face on problems, and emphasizing the positive. Does anyone have any extra insights that would help me put these reports in context?

Also, how did your municipality do? Does the report jibe with your experiences?
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Location: Kent (East Hill), WA

PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 8:26 am    Post subject: Kent, WA -- Don't Drink the Water Reply with quote

Here in Kent I get those reports as well. I notice that they spend a good deal of time touting how they "meet the minimum" yet they admit that for certain impurities, something like 2 percent of the population can be sensitive to Chrome's Disease.

My impression of Kent's water is that it's horribly bad. When I drink it, I get stomach cramps, and rashes on my back and even little growth tubers under my arms! I've experimented with drinking the water, then drinking bottled water and then drinking it again and confirmed every time that the water here is borderline poisonous. I called the Water Board to express my concerns and their response was "well, a lot of people like the water here".

Great. No help there...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:32 pm    Post subject: I'm on a well Reply with quote

The city of Vancouver Washington now has water out as far as my house, but I am still on a well. I only get 40 PSI water pressure so I'm thinking of making a change, probably just to get a stronger pump that can get me to 60 PSI.

Right now the showers are weak, so I'd like to beef it up.

When I had the water tested it came back that it had high nitrates. Not enough to mean anything other than it had to be reported on the water report. I don't really know if nitrates are bad or not but I was thinking of adding a filtration unit to my water system, and when I read your post here about the water, I wondered if someone on city water could just buy and install their own filtration system into the line.

It might make the water taste better, and possibly be healthier.

Anyway, just a thought.

Okay so now I checked some prices and I'm not as ken on the idea as I was a few moments ago: http://www.waterfiltercomparisons.net/Compare_Whole_House_Filters.cfm but it's still good to know that it's an option.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know why there is no post in this thread since last so many days but I would like to add something here from my side. I've always suggested people for water filters, no matter which type of water they are getting because the tap water which you are getting may have bacterias which can be harmful for you even if you put it into the freezer of your refrigerator. Keep this thing in mind.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:39 pm    Post subject: water filters Reply with quote

Well it's been over two years since I wrote that, and I still haven't made a change to my water system. When the pump was getting ice in it over the winter I almost upgraded to a newer pump which would have gotten my water pressure back up there.

I'm now involved with a project that drills wells in Guatemala, and my wife and two daughters are going down there next month. http://h2oforlife.org those guys make a huge difference to the local communities there. It's not about filtration for them, its about getting clean well water, and I think filtration would not work well for the quantities they need.
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