I live near a lead mine – will this mean I have lead in my water?

In this video, we look at a horizontal well that is located in an area containing several lead mines. The horizontal well provides water for a large house in the area and had, in the past fed a whole village. In addition to the horizontal well, we also test the water from a newly drilled …

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Arsenic In Drinking water: Academic overview

Treating arsenic in drinking water

Arsenic in Drinking Water Arsenic is a metalloid element that is found from time to time in water sources in the UK. Its toxic properties are well known, although it has many industrial uses, including wood preservatives, glass and semiconductor manufacturing. Arsenic in drinking water is a major problem in some parts of Asia such …

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Boggy Bit o land

True Springs are rare True spring supplies are rare in the UK. Even if shown on a map as a spring, the chances are that the water is not coming from deep underground. Surface derived source Most ‘springs’ in the UK can best be described as surfaced derived sources. This is because the water probably …

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My water failed the Council’s water test. What does it mean?

private water supply water testing

Failed Water Test Water used as a source for a small supply of drinking water may be of unknown origin andcome from a catchment prone to consistent or intermittent contamination by faecal material fromdomestic and farm animals, wildlife or sanitation systems such as septic tanks. As a consequence,there is a high probability of pathogenic micro-organisms …

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How can a private water supply affect health? Literature review 2008

Drinking untreated water from a private water supply can cause diarrhoea and vomiting

Mains water vs Private Water Supply The quality of drinking water supplied to those people on the mains in the United Kingdom is regularly analysed to make sure that it meets the standards set by the European Commission. The responsibility for independently monitoring the water companies rests with the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) and they advise the …

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What are the risks associated with drinking un-filtered spring water?

Drinking untreated water from a private water supply can cause diarrhoea and vomiting

Diarrhoea, stomach cramp, high temperature Diarrhoea, stomach cramp, high temperature nausea, headaches and drowsiness are some of the symptoms that can develop after drinking contaminated water. The worst cases can result in kidney failure. The most recent research into private water supplies (Risebro 2012) confirms that over 50% of private water supplies pose a significant …

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Should I get my spring water tested?

private water supply water testing

We are often asked about water testing. I have enclosed a typical response in the hope that some people will find it helpful. “With regard to your spring, if it is a true spring then it may not require filtration. However, true springs are very rare and most springs can best be described as surface …

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We have been drinking the water from our spring for many years without any problems with illness, why should i get the water treated?

laboratory testing water samples

There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that people who regularly drink contaminated water build up an immunity to harmful bacteria. Even if we did build up an immunity to one particular type of contaminant, for example E.coli, that would not necessarily mean we would be immune to the harmful effects of drinking …

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