Is well water more or less likely to be affected than regular tap water?
a brita filter doesnt remove jack squat. I have a TDS meter and sometimes the TDS rating is higher than from the tap when I test culligan or brita filters. If you drink well water without RO + UV sanitizing you are making a huge mistake. Trust me I own a well, 5 stage RO +UV you can buy for about 300-400 on amazon fukushima or not buy that!
I lived in North Carolina for 6 months back in 2007. We had a well but only bathed in the water we didn't drink it. Despite the fact that the water passed the inspection test I just didn't feel comfortable drinking it. Especially since those tests don't cover everything. After a couple of months there I started getting huge palm sized hives all over my torso. I was really miserable and had to get steroid shots to clear them up. I subsequently moved back to No cal for unrelated reasons but the hives stopped eventually. I'd never been allergic to anything except dust mites, and that was pretty mild compared to this. My Kaiser allergist was at a loss. She said it seemed like a drug allergy but I don't take anything that's known to cause allergic reactions. When this whole Fukushima thing went down I got curious about how far I've been living from nuclear reactors all my life. Low and behold my North Carolina home was within 20 miles of a nuclear plant. I don't know if that was the reason for my hives but I do know that our well water test didn't test for radiation. We did do a Radon test in the house inspection and the readings were average for the region. I should add that for two years after I moved back my hair fell out. Not hands full but more than a brush full every two days. My doctor said it was "Effluvium" and she, pardon the pun, brushed it off. I can't drive myself crazy thinking about this but I thought it might be interesting to share in this forum.
I lived in North Carolina once and the property had well water. Anywhow, I drank it and noticed a strange taste. I was later informed that the well could contain arsenic.
You need to check your well out for something like that.
Thank you for quick reply....so I'm gathering my well water is pretty safe to drink considering the filtration that takes place as the rainwater travels thru the soil, rocks, etc.
I'm on well water, too, and have been wondering the same thing. I'm hoping that the soil filtration plus the Brita water filter I'm using will be enough to keep it safe. I really wish I could get it tested, though. Any other info anyone else can provide would be greatly appreciated.
do brita water filters remove radiation? i hope so, since i already use one, but i do not know about it filtering out radiation.
I've read that for radiation carbon filters like Brita and Pur can help but they're not as effective as reverse osmosis filters. It would be nice to have a clear answer on that, though. My well has a complicated filtration system on it itself as well for filtering out iron and other things, so I'm hoping all these things together (soil, well filter, Brita filter) are giving me water that's at least as safe as Berkeley tap water, which at last check is showing no detectable levels. That said, if the BRAWN team is interested in testing well water (and soil, too) from the Sierra foothills, I'd be happy to provide samples.
Possibly, but it is hard to say. Well water is normally drawn from ground water which seeps down the soil from rainfall. We have found that the soil and rocks are an extremely good filter for these nuclides and I expect ground water supplies would have less contamination than just rain water run off. However, tap water is (e.g. from East Bay MUD) is normally pulled from the bottoms of large reservoirs in the Sierra (this is not always the case) and travel through closed aqueducts to a treatment facility then pumped to tanks that feed the tap supply. The source is the reservoir has a dilution factor based on how much water inventory was there before the event and how much contaminated rain fell in the immediate area. Further, we have found that the runoff is very much diluted relative to pure rain water so most of the reservoir water that comes from runoff is already diluted from soil filtering. This is the picture that is emerging from our data.
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