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Recommendation for a test of stored drinking water
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 Posted: Thu May 24th, 2012 12:23 PM
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Been looking around for a water test for the drinking water I've got stored.  There's quite a few out there, but does anyone have a recommendation.  Would prefer to keep the test in-house, and not sent out to a lab.  Also one that tests for a variety of things, bacteria, lead, etc.  It that needs to be two tests that's okay; want to try to cover the gambit.

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I think this will solve your problems...

http://www.h2okits.com/site/1286521/product/Well%20Water%20Test%20Kit

Anyone who has lived drinking well water understands the need for such a kit. I was 15 before we finally got 'city' water..... and nice thing was... the county would come test the wells yearly. Sadly.. the well water was cooler, sweeter and had less calicum then the water coming from the city's water plant.



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Stored water can be sanitized with clorine.If it does not start out with contaminates it wont end up with any.



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Thanks for the replies guys.  That really helps.

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My house still has well water in the house. We have county water outside but I dont want to drink it so we use it around the farm for animals and such. Nothing like nice cool clean well water.



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Good well water will satisfy a thirst like nothing else will! I store water, in five gallon containers, with one, (1) tablespoon of name brand bleach per five gallon, kept sealed, in cool, dark place, lasts for years



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Don't you know, that stuff'll rust your pipes?



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We keep a bit better than 100 gallons stored, as well as practice rainwater catchment.

We initially treat it with unscented household bleach, and rotate it out annually.

We have a Big Berkey water system/filter withe the PF-2 Arsenic and Fluoride reduction units in daily use.

We have municipal water and the improvement in taste is nothing more than remarkable.

But as long as you treat and rotate your water, and it was initially safe to drink, you should be fine.

The kit that Mortis linked to looks good.


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Prag we have used a Berkey for several years and love it.

I like the information on the test kit Mortis posted. I would like to hear from someone that has used one.

Long term storage of water that I like is canning quarts of water. Information I have found lists an "indefinite" period of storage time.



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After posting the test kit link on another forum, I got this response, a caveat of sorts:

"Be careful! Test kits that you get from a local home improvement store do not always give you accurate results. Though some of them say "EPA approved", the EPA warns about the inaccuracies of them.

I operate an environmental testing laboratory and here's what I tell my potential clients: First of all; do not pay for that which you can get for free! Most pump and supply companies will test your well water for free. Try them first. MM - ask, specifically, what the testing lab you found considers as "basic" and "complete" analysis. What are they looking for in each package, and how will it be reported to you (like, in parts per million). Do they have someone who, after analysis, will help you interpret your results (or - check their website and see if they have a sample report). Some results look horrible, but are harmless, some look harmless, but are horrible.

To get an accurate look at what's in your potable water supply; You want first draw. That means that the water has been sitting, in your pipes, for at least 6 hours. Grab the first draw before making coffee or flushing. :smile: Put that in a large, clean container and you can get your sub-samples from that.

As with anything; buyer beware. The test that you listed, g, has a nice disclaimer that their test does not certify that water is or is not safe to drink. It may be a good place to start, but I don't know that I'd depend on it to make a baby's bottle."



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7mmdrops-em wrote: Prag we have used a Berkey for several years and love it.

I like the information on the test kit Mortis posted. I would like to hear from someone that has used one.

Long term storage of water that I like is canning quarts of water. Information I have found lists an "indefinite" period of storage time.

When I am finishing up on a pressure canning run,the last canner is never full.A jar of water for every empty space does the trick.That water will be good as long as the seal is.Proper storage will make it a lifetime.



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trickywoo wrote: Good well water will satisfy a thirst like nothing else will! I store water, in five gallon containers, with one, (1) tablespoon of name brand bleach per five gallon, kept sealed, in cool, dark place, lasts for years
Sounds a bit much.  http://www.ehow.com/way_6105560_chlorine-home-water-treatment.html



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For the last 29 years water testing and bacteriological contamination of water and food products has been part of my job. Here are a few observations that I've made and things I've learned over that time period.

One of the biggest risks for homeowners and water storage might just be in how they fill their containers. If they use storage over 5 gallons they more than likely fill with a garden hose. You can test water from your home all you want and get great bacteria free tests but running it through a hose can contaminate it with bacillus, E.coli, or other coliforms. Hoses often build biofilms on the inside. These biofilms grow bacteria. Hoses left uncapped can have spiders, ants, box elder beetles, Japanese beetles etc. crawling into the. These creatures carry bacteria in their feces and on their feet etc. Standing water in the hose combined with biofilms or bug carcasses provide an excellent growth media.

Even food plants sometimes struggle with bacteria in water hoses. If sanitized surfaces are inadvertently rinsed with water from contaminated hoses, foods can be contaminated.

Best advice is to use hoses labeled for potable water only. Drain hoses as completely as possible and cap both ends before storage. If possible hoses should be resanitized immediately prior to use.

Chlorine sanitizers are very effective in sanitizing water when used at the proper rate. However, chlorine is a gas and over time it will evaporate from vented containers or containers that are not hermetically sealed. Chlorine test strips are available to ensure that proper levels are achieved and maintained. RD



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RobertMT wrote:
Don't you know, that stuff'll rust your pipes?

The real "culprit" in that is Di-Hydrogen Monoxide (DHO or DHMO) contaminaton in the water.

Nasty, foul stuff.

While you can ingest (swallow) a moderate amount of it, ingest too much, it will kill you.
InHALE even a small amount of it, it will kill you.
It is used in making many types of plastics and foams.
Used in the dairy industry to make milk cattle produce more milk.
It corrodes almost anything it gets onto for very long.
While it hasn't been linked to causing cancer YET, it has been found in tumors and pre-cancerous lesions.

Here, much more info:
dhmo.org


Some of the environmental effects:

DHMO contributes to global warming and the "Greenhouse Effect", and is one of the so-called "greenhouse gasses."
DHMO is an "enabling component" of acid rain -- in the absence of sufficient quantities of DHMO, acid rain is not a problem.
DHMO is a causative agent in most instances of soil erosion -- sufficiently high levels of DHMO exacerbate the negative effects of soil erosion.
DHMO is present in high levels nearly every creek, stream, pond, river, lake and reservoir in the U.S. and around the world.
Measurable levels of DHMO have been verified in ice samples taken from both the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps.
Recent massive DHMO exposures have lead to the loss of life and destruction of property in California, the Mid-West, the Philippines, and a number of islands in the Caribbean, to name just a few.
Research has shown that significant levels of DHMO were found in the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 which killed 230,000 in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and elsewhere, making it the deadliest tsunami in recorded history.
It is widely believed that the levee failures, flooding and the widespread destruction resulting from Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005 were caused or exacerbated by excessive DHMO levels found in the Gulf of Mexico, along with other contributing factors.


For some reason, politicians have seen fit to refuse to pass legislation to control the massive amount of DHMO that is dumped into the environment every year.
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Oldstuffer, That is why we have switched to glass over the last 10 years. We use very little plastic for anything.

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DHMO isn't a contaminant from plastics like "BPA" supposedly is 7mmdrops-em, just to let you know....

It is often also found in glass and lined metal storage containers of water.



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OldStuffer wrote:
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"For some reason, politicians have seen fit to refuse to pass legislation to control the massive amount of DHMO that is dumped into the environment every year."
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Well, There was this little boondoggle.......

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Yes Rockydog, and that wasn't the only one either. :)



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We use a lot of 2 and 3 liter drink bottles for storage and they fit nicely into flats that stack great. We have a 500 gal metal tank standing by. Water is hopefully not a problem for us. Two wells, two springs within 1/4 mile and three small ponds. Berkey filter plus hiking filters in BOB round us out. Have an electronic ultraviolent "killer" plus use a bit of home made "Clorox" (powdered HCL)before sealing. Don't forget your emergency supply in your hot water heater/s.



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I buy and sip bottled water.....Of course it has alcohol as a preservative made naturally from a nice yeast and an infusion from charred American Oak Barrels!

Woodford Reserve and Old Forester are my preferences!

It never goes bad either!



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