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View Poll Results: Does your municipal tap water have nitrate in it?
I live in/near a large city and have nitrate in my water 13 29.55%
I live in/near a large city and have no nitrate in my water 13 29.55%
I live in small town or rural and have nitrate in my water 5 11.36%
I live in small town or rural and have no nitrate in my water 10 22.73%
Other, please explain in the thread 3 6.82%
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Old 02-13-2009, 04:03 PM   #11
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I live in a suburb of Philadelphia. Our public water system draws from 8 wells in the area. Our water is not a good as Philadelphia's is generally. They draw from 2 rivers and have a larger treatment and distribution network. Still both are well above the standard EPA guidelines.
Here is a link from the PWD it's interesting to those who don't know why water is treated, or how. http://www.phila.gov/water/pdfs/WQR_2007-f.pdf
http://www.phila.gov/water/Fact_Sheets.html
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Old 02-16-2009, 12:34 AM   #12
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Voted 'other'. Generally the City of Columbus water is low or no nitrates, however at certain times of year, there can be a lot of agricultural runoff, and since our water comes from surface sources, we get some of that runoff, and the nitrates go up.
Found my City Water Report... recorded nitrate levels for the latest year were 0.5 to 5 ppm. Nothing to get excited over, I guess.
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I havent forgot ya`ll I `m researching what that compound is. I know it`s added to raise the PH in the water because after it goes through hundreds of miles of underground pipe the ph can get as low as 4 or 5.
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:02 PM   #14
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I live in a little town about 20 miles South of Cincinnati....we get our water from the Ohio River...suppossedly, our water supplier was just awarded a platinum award for utility excellence...1 out of 11 others in the nation...they are a rip-off though for sure...nitrates are around .5 and sometimes the smell of chlorine is enough to put my dogs off from drinking out of their bucket for a while.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:55 AM   #15
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I just tested mine and I have 5ppm nitrates from the spigot. I'm in a somewhat small city in WV. I guess it looks like it's better than some at least!!
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:24 PM   #16
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you didnt mention well water in your poll. my well water is over 40 ppm.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:54 PM   #17
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40ppm, you live near farm land right? Fertilizer runoff?
The reason I didn't mention well water is because there are too many variables and the thought was to see if poplulation has an effect on nitrate in municipal water supply.
So far it would seem to. Large population areas tend to have nitrate in the water more than small populations. At least that is the results so far.
PS: I lived on well water most of my life, very full of iron and who knows what else. I can say, being on a municipal supply now, I do not miss the rust stains and low water pressure.
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I am from a large Kansas town and we have 5ppm NO3.
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:06 AM   #19
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Technically dead between washington, DC and Baltimore, MD... major suburban/urban area. We get our water from Baltimore City, and it definitely has Nitrates in it.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:34 PM   #20
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Missileman,
Maybe you should do a poll just for well water to see if there is a change in the results?
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