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Old 03-31-2007, 10:45 AM
 
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Should I have my tap water tested here in Union County? Coming from private well ownership in New Jersey, we had to have our water tested yearly. Do people generally test their water supply here in NC, even if it's county water?
Thanks for any input.
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Old 03-31-2007, 06:31 PM
 
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Anyone, anyone??? Oh. it's Saturday evening. All respectable people are out enjoying themselves! Good for you!
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Old 03-31-2007, 06:38 PM
 
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Anyone, anyone??? Oh. it's Saturday evening. All respectable people are out enjoying themselves! Good for you!

Lol... Not sure about union but Meck sends reports in the bill. I want to say at least once a year....
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Old 03-31-2007, 06:39 PM
 
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If it will give you peace of mind, go ahead. I personally don't think it is necessary.
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Old 03-31-2007, 06:43 PM
 
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Tested for what? Chlorine? Idont believe the water companies test for anything other than that....maybe rust also. You would have to hire a private lab to analyze your water for numerous pollutants....each test will be an individual fee. Invest in the best filtration system your budget can afford. Preferrably a reverse osmosis unit if you are concerned
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Old 03-31-2007, 06:58 PM
 
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If it will give you peace of mind, go ahead. I personally don't think it is necessary.
I believe the city/county water is monitored, so I don't think I would be concerned.
Private wells are usually inspected when you purchase a house, but you are always able to take a sample to the health department for free screening test.

There was news today that the soil in the Fairview community (northeast Union County) leaches arsenic into the groundwater there. The county is working to get county water piped into that part of the county. Private wells are testing high levels of arsenic, necessitating the homeowners buy bottled water for drinking/cooking, etc. This is a naturally occuring problem, not due to some external contamination. It appears to be isolated to this particular part of the county, which is still very rural.
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:13 PM
 
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I believe the city/county water is monitored, so I don't think I would be concerned.
Private wells are usually inspected when you purchase a house, but you are always able to take a sample to the health department for free screening test.

There was news today that the soil in the Fairview community (northeast Union County) leaches arsenic into the groundwater there. The county is working to get county water piped into that part of the county. Private wells are testing high levels of arsenic, necessitating the homeowners buy bottled water for drinking/cooking, etc. This is a naturally occuring problem, not due to some external contamination. It appears to be isolated to this particular part of the county, which is still very rural.

Actually, that exact article was what promted this post. Not that I think that we need to be concerned about Arsenic infestation here in our particular piece of heaven in NC. But, when we moved from one county to another in New Jersey we were shocked to find VERY high levels of Uranium in our well water. Something we were responsible for treating, since we were private well owners. Whereas if you have "city" water in NJ, it is the town's/city's responsibility to keep the water potable. And then, when you research what "potable" actually means, you find out that the water doesn't have to be drinkable. It got to the point where I wouldn't even cook with it, because several neighbors of mine (yes, in NJ not NC) had horror stories of children developing liver cancer, adults with colon cancer, and the list goes on and on.
I really should have posted a question about what the standards for drinking, not potable, water is in NC.
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:16 PM
 
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Lol... Not sure about union but Meck sends reports in the bill. I want to say at least once a year....
Thanks, CharlotteAgent. That actually makes me feel better!
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