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Sulfur Content in Well Water Sulfur is not regulated as a primary drinking-water contaminant, so there is no official level of sulfur that represents a threshold between healthy and unhealthy concentrations.  Sulfur gases in water are actually a compound of sulfur, called hydrogen sulfide.  Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is sometimes present in well water. A few… Read more »

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Safe Water Safe water means water that will not harm you if you come in contact with it. The most common use of this term applies to drinking water, but it could also apply to water for swimming or other uses. To be safe, the water must have sufficiently low concentrations of harmful contaminants to… Read more »

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Natural Water Filtering A basic introduction to natural filtering of water can be found on-line at the USGS “Water Science for Schools” website. The address for the site’s ground-water-quality page can be found here. Natural filtering is a big topic. Some filtering takes place when water flows over the ground, such as when muddy water… Read more »

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Where does pure, natural water come from? This seems like a pretty straightforward question, but there are some interesting issues that come up in making a response. First, the words “pure” and “natural” don’t really mean the same thing. Pure water is a kind of theoretical concept, it means water that has nothing in it… Read more »

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Nitrate (NO3) is a common inorganic form of nitrogen. Chemically, it is an anion with a single negative charge, consisting of one atom of nitrogen and three atoms of oxygen. Because it is an anion, it is soluble in water. Plants normally use nitrate as their source of the nitrogen needed by all living things,… Read more »

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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 »