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Old 02-04-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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I'm just very curious about the yellow water here (Pembroke Pines). Is this normal or is it something I should be concerned about? Does it need to be boiled, or is it safe to drink??

TIA
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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I would venture on the side of not drinking it, but I do know the water in Florida is very hard. I was doing laundry the first time I noticed it. A lot of places offer water softeners for like 40$ a month - you might want to try that.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:29 PM
 
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I would venture on the side of not drinking it, but I do know the water in Florida is very hard. I was doing laundry the first time I noticed it. A lot of places offer water softeners for like 40$ a month - you might want to try that.
Yeah, I've noticed my whites are quite so bright. :-) We have been sticking to the bottled water. I hate to put in a water softener since we're just renting & our landlord doesn't want to put in the extras like that. I'm unfamiliar with them. Can they (water softeners)be rented? I think I might just get one of those Brita water filters at the store or something.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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Newbie - I'm sure with the economy the way it is you will be able to get a good deal on one - I don't think that you pay for the equipment, I think it is just a monthly maintenance of 40$ (i think - don't quote me). You have to figure out how important that is to you, if you drink a lot of water, it pretty much pays for itself. It will soften everything from drinking water to laundry water, so your whites will be bright and your skin will be soft and that ring around the tub will be no more - LOL.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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Very good point! It probably would be worth it, especially if we decide to stay in this house for a few years. I can only imagine what my skin & the clothes would look like by that time! LOL
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Boston MA, by way of NYC
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Yes - Good luck with that - I hope it is cheaper, I'm planning to move there in July and do not like yellow whites, so the cheaper the better - just waiting on that job...
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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Yellow water is very common down here. A plumber told me that that's the reason why off-white bathroom fixtures are so popular here.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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LOL - now it all makes sense Fauve!
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Cooper City, FL
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Probably from tannins in the water. The water department tries to make it as colorless, as they can.

Laura
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The water comes from the Biscayne Aquifer that is also under the Everglades, therefore...


You are drinking...


alligator pee.



Seriously, there are times when the tap water in south Florida will have a greenish yellow cast. Pool water can be much clearer than the tap water. I suspect they try to avoid flocculants in the water supply system. I suggest getting a Big Berkey water filter for drinking water. Expensive, but the cartridges last forever (something like 60,000 gallons each) and can be cleaned (scrubbed on the outside), so the unit pays for itself in a year or two. Unlike the little charcoal filters, you can actually run stagnant water through these and have it safe to drink. That makes it important if your water goes out in a hurricane. Since it does not hook up to the water supply, it is much more flexible in outage situations than other filters. It'll take out the dissolved solids like the tannins. About the only issue is that if you live in farm country, it doesn't remove nitrates (nor do any of the regular consumer filters).

What I found interesting with the water systems in south Florida is that they use anthracite coal as a filtering media. Do a web search on coal and carcinogens and ask yourself, do I really want to drink this without some post filtering? It has been declared safe, but so have so have a lot of other things, like peanut butter.
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