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Old 01-04-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: East Coast, Continental USA
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I know that in this day and age, very few people, if any, drink tap water that is not filtered, but perhaps a few do. My husband and I have been drinking filtered, spring, and distilled water for many years and we're very careful about the quality of the water we drink. We know that city water is chlorinated and fluoridated and we made a weird discovery. Maybe it's just a coincidence, but it seems that around the same time that Sarasota appears to have gone green, it seemed like the water only smells of chlorine at certain times and it's not very strong. As an asthmatic, I can't stand the smell of chlorine, which is why we use a water filter in our shower. Also, I've read that city water is fluoridated, which I've heard is very toxic. Other than distillation, is there any other way to remove the toxins from the tap water in order to make it safe and drinkable or is filtration the only solution? I find it very frustrating that in this day and age, city water still uses the same archaic systems that they used many years ago. I appreciate all helpful replies. Thank you.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Nokomis, FL
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The tap water here is not very good.....
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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I don't think they changed the chlorination levels, its been always pretty chlorinated (so stuff doesn't grow in the pipes). However, the water you may be getting might come from different sources. Sarasota County (as in, unincorporated Sarasota County) buys water from Manatee County, the peace river manasota water supply authority, plus their own reverse osmosis well fields. Depending where you live, you will get one source over another.

If you are really concerned, reverse osmosis would be your best bet, but distillation is probably the only way to get rid of everything.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Water tests are performed daily, so when we smell a higher level of chlorine I think it's because there is a higher level of bacteria on the day of the test. Sometimes my water smells like swimming pool water.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Water tests are performed daily, so when we smell a higher level of chlorine I think it's because there is a higher level of bacteria on the day of the test. Sometimes my water smells like swimming pool water.
very true. I used to get sick some days getting in the shower on Anna Maria smelling the Chlorine. Strangely enough, I don't remember it like that 19 years ago; I found my water in downtown Sarasota to be worse than in Bradenton. We would always get funny stomachs from even the ice cubes.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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very true. I used to get sick some days getting in the shower on Anna Maria smelling the Chlorine. Strangely enough, I don't remember it like that 19 years ago; I found my water in downtown Sarasota to be worse than in Bradenton. We would always get funny stomachs from even the ice cubes.
Lady, I agree with you. Having lived in both downtown Sarasota and Manatee County, our water was FAR WORSE in Sarasota - ugh, some of the worst ever. Here in Whitfield, the chlorine smell is pretty minimal, I actually don't even filter the water anymore - once it's set out awhile the little bit of chlorine dissipates. The water seems ok at most of the restaurants here, too. Ice cubes from an ice maker are beyond terrible, that is often what will really make the water taste bad!
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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The problem with water in Sarasota is that there is not a big natural source of water to draw from like a river. So, we have to use well water which doesn't taste as good. I'm not sure where the city of Sarasota get's its water from, but half the water in Sarasota County (unincorporated) comes from Manatee County
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:09 PM
 
Location: North Port
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The best bet is a water test a DIY or a professional test. These tests will tell you how much chlorine,bacteria and etc. is in your water. And maybe a new water system could be in place for the near future.
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