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Old 08-19-2018, 09:50 AM
 
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Does anyone drink the city tap water in West Richland?
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Old 08-20-2018, 05:28 PM
 
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I think most in town do. Are you having issues with the taste, hardness, or what?



Or do you think there are safety issues?


In any case welcome to the forums.
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:11 PM
 
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Safety. Just wondered if many are taking any extra precautions or not letting their kids drink it regularly.
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Old 08-22-2018, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Are you thinking radioactive contamination from Hanford, bacteria, or what? If the former, I don't think you have anything to worry about, as far as I know.
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:02 PM
 
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Or the forest fire smoke? Yeah, I don't get that reference either.

All municipalities in the Benton/Frankin Co. area (The TC MSA) regularly test their water. They are required to report abnormalities.
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Old 08-23-2018, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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Does anyone drink the city tap water in West Richland?
Yes, we have a water softener, reverse osmosis system, and then add minerals back....best water ever, love it.
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Old 08-31-2018, 02:46 PM
 
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OK, thanks....saw a few articles in the past, plus the conspiracy theory stuff.
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Old 09-01-2018, 06:29 PM
 
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Yeah, the "conspiracy theory stuff". Wow. I have some strong opinions on that, but this is perhaps not the thread to offer them. Let's just say there are many (usually, out of towners down river) who think Tri-Cities is toxic.

By all regards, this has been proven wrong, but there are still some who believe this as fact. It is not. Richland, Pasco, Kennewick monitor both water and air conditions daily and there is no evidence of any harmful radiation in the Tri-Cites. None.

The latest hazard seems to be be the old rail tunnels that contain radioactive material on the Hanford reservation. There was a minor tunnel collapse recently, but only small, not harmful, radiation escaped. There do appear to be additional tunnels that need to be addressed, and I believe these issues are being addressed with urgency and importantance. However, government funding is required to shore up these possible hazards.

I certainly hope our current administration will fund this important matter, but I'm not very confident.
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Old 09-04-2018, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Yeah, the Tri actually gets monitored for radioactive material, so we KNOW what's up. Most of the country does not monitor, they could have contamination, unlikely, but they don't know.



The question of health effects of small doses of radiation is not clear. Any additional cancer risk would be so small it's impossible to measure accurately.
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Old 09-04-2018, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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Yeah, the Tri actually gets monitored for radioactive material, so we KNOW what's up. Most of the country does not monitor, they could have contamination, unlikely, but they don't know.



The question of health effects of small doses of radiation is not clear. Any additional cancer risk would be so small it's impossible to measure accurately.
Yeah I read the studies before concluding that the risk was not likely proven or at least statistically insignificant to prevent me from retiring there. I'm talking about living in the Tri as opposed to people who actually work with radioactive materials.
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