Where can I get information about drinking water contaminants and standards?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has contaminant-specific fact sheets for many drinking water contaminants on their Web page Drinking water and health: What you need to know. Click on “What are the health effects of contaminants in drinking water?” This page also addresses the standards for levels of contaminants in drinking water under the heading… Read more »

Can you give me some advice on commercial products such as water filters?

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As a government agency, the USGS does not comment on commercial products, but many organizations evaluate consumer products and post product reports on the Internet. NSF International (which EPA and others established for the purpose of certifying water treatment products, among other things), the Water Quality Association (the trade association of treatment companies), the U.S…. Read more »

What can be causing my water to have a reddish color?

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Your water might be affected by iron, a commonly occurring constituent of drinking water. Iron tends to add a rusty, reddish brown (or sometimes yellow) color to water, and leaves particles of the same color. If the color is more like black, it could be a combination of iron and manganese. Both of these metals… Read more »

Where can I find information about bottled water?

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and States regulate bottled water. For general information about bottled water, some sources are the International Bottled Water Association and NSF International. The The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the following information on bottled water and tap water: Bottled water is not necessarily safer than your tap water…. Read more »

How does bioremediation clean up gasoline and oil spills?

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Bioremediation is the process by which microbes (generally bacteria) or plants transform a harmful water contaminant into a non-harmful substance, much as we turn sugar into carbon dioxide and water. Bioremediation can help clean up ground water contaminated with gasoline, solvents, and other contaminants. Often, the bacteria are already present in the soil or aquifer,… Read more »

Hydrocare System vs. Kinetico Water Softener

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As new technology emerges in the market that claims to eliminate scale build up just like a traditional water softener, Martin Water Conditioning  always puts these products to the test to see if they actually work. The following test was done on a Hydrocare system – a simple device that straps onto the feed pipe… Read more »