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Old 01-25-2010, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I've lost the link but the Raleigh area recently was #72 (ish) of 100 on water quality nationwide. In other words not very good.

Of course it depends on your frame of reference, my buddy lives in China and has emailed images of orange colored rivers that rice grows in. Then they sell that rice here.

Yum. Made in China...
Orange as in clay?
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:26 PM
 
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My friend's DH was rushed to the hospital recently for kidney stones. The Dr. in attendance told them he see five cases a day in the Triangle. While in NY, he saw about five a month. He said they were looking into the high amounts of calcium in the water.

My DH is now on bottled water.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:27 PM
 
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Orange as in clay?
Orange as in industrial waste...neon orange.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:07 PM
 
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My friend's DH was rushed to the hospital recently for kidney stones. The Dr. in attendance told them he see five cases a day in the Triangle. While in NY, he saw about five a month. He said they were looking into the high amounts of calcium in the water.

My DH is now on bottled water.

It isn't the water. It's all the Iced Tea people drink. That and all the soda, pop, coke, or whatever you like to call it.
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:29 AM
 
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It isn't the water. It's all the Iced Tea people drink. That and all the soda, pop, coke, or whatever you like to call it.
Agreed. Ca in my water is VERY low. Here is the water report that I received from an independent company (sorry for the formatting). I was only interested in the dissolved mineral test. There are more comprehensive tests available.

pH 7.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 151
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.25
Cations / Anions, me/L 2.6 / 2.1

Sodium, Na 20 ppm
Potassium, K 2 ppm
Calcium, Ca 28 ppm
Magnesium, Mg 3 ppm
Total Hardness, CaCO3 83 ppm
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.8 ppm (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 3 ppm
Chloride, Cl 6 ppm
Carbonate, CO3 < 1 ppm
Bicarbonate, HCO3 101 ppm
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 83 ppm
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:27 PM
 
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My well water is fairly soft, and a good quality overall. I had it tested by an independent lab...
How much did this test cost?

Thanks
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Old 04-10-2010, 05:15 AM
 
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How much did this test cost?

Thanks
Only $16.50 for a "household mineral" test.

Ward Laboratories, Agricultural Testing, Consulting, Kearney, Nebraska
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:01 AM
 
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IMO, Raleigh water is very good. My dh has had kidney stones before when we lived in IL. We've been here since 1990 and he's not had one since and drinks gallons of water every day. We have a 5yr old spa, was afraid the water maintenance would be difficult to control...its the easiest thing we've done. Takes bare minimum of chems to keep pH and alkaline just right for weeks. Tub is 5yo and no plumbing or pipe problems. My 3 kids are over 18, grew up here and never had a cavity, any of them. We use a Brita pitcher to fill our coffee maker, the rest of our water is straight from the tap.
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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Generally soft in this area of the state. Could vary if you're on well water. I believe as you get up more toward the mountains you get into harder water. At the beach it's soft, but used to be horrible tasting when I was a kid. It's much better now, but many North Carolinians will always bring bottled water to the beach just out of years of habit, or only drink soft drinks! I have never in my life been acquainted with anyone in NC who used a water softener. That, of course, is not to say it doesn't happen as a PP mentioned, but I don't think it's common at all.

CHtransplant is correct that many municipalities do get their water from the same sources, but not Chapel Hill. We have some of the best water in the area and it is from smaller protected reservoirs that the other towns don't tap, the Cane Creek reservoir and University Lake.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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I don't know anyone with a softener.
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