Where can I find information about my local drinking water supply?

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The best way to learn about your local drinking water quality is to read the annual drinking water quality report/consumer confidence report that water suppliers now send out by July 1 of each year. The reports often are sent out with water bills, but they may be sent separately. The reports tell where drinking water… Read more »

Do you have information about water hardness in the United States?

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You can view a national map of hardness in surface water. Hardness data (reflecting mostly calcium, plus a little magnesium) for individual drinking-water suppliers is on the following pages: EPA Local Drinking Water Information It is important to note that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not set a legal limit or standard for hardness… Read more »

Where can I find a glossary of water terms?

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The USGS Water Science for Schools Web site has a link to “Water Science Glossary of Terms”. This page offers links to additional glossaries. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also has a Drinking Water Glossary.

What are the usual causes of fish kills?

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Many, but not all, fish kills in the summer result from low concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the water. Fish, like all other complex life forms, need oxygen to survive. They get theirs in the form of oxygen gas dissolved in the water. That’s why it’s important to have an aeration device, a bubbler, in… Read more »

What are the federal health limits for water used for drinking water, as well as for swimming and boating?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets standards for water that could affect human health and works with local government officials to reduce health risks in water where you swim or play. You may want to contact your local health deparment or state drinking water office for information specific to your area. Some EPA Web sites… Read more »

What if my drinking water contains E. coli?

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“E. coli is a type of fecal coliform bacteria commonly found in the intestines of animals and humans. E. coli is short for Escherichia coli. The presence of E. coli in water is a strong indication of recent sewage or animal waste contamination. Sewage may contain many types of disease-causing organisms.” The full fact sheet… Read more »