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Old 02-28-2016, 07:13 AM   #15
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You may have heard of the Gogebic Iron Range. Lake Gogebic is surrounded by iron mines, some still active, many shuttered.

I believe you will find the water at Lake Gogebic to have a heavy iron taste, over time you may also find that freshwater tanks will take on a rust colored hue. Nothing harmful but in our case it makes the coffee taste awful. For that reason the water we use for consumption from this area usually goes through a Brita to improve the flavor.
I lived on Minnesota's Medabi iron range and have witnessed and tasted iron enriched well water . It makes terrible coffee . Some of the well water also contained maganeze and hydrogen sulfide .
One turns things black ,the other smells like rotten eggs .
We live 6 miles from an EPA superfund site . The plant that was at that site treated wood poles with penta & other chemicals for use as utility poles. The owner decided to increase his profits by dumping waste chemicals in the swampy area at the back of the property. The toxic chemicals got into the local aquifer .They had to move a highway because of contaminated soil and property values in that area plummeted . $164,000,000 later they are still cleaning up the mess and monitoring the local ground and surface water.
Again as in Michigan, the state government and its leaders faIled to protect public safety and health and then tried to cover it up .
Is the "SKY FALLING" ? Where I live the answer is YES

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Old 02-28-2016, 07:32 AM   #16
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News flash! What you are talking about are "contaminants of emerging concern" and well water (ground water) is not a "get out of jail free" card. Where do you think all the urine and what it contains from antibiotic fed livestock ends up? And the treated sewage from wastewater plants which is disposed on spray fields or into rapid infiltration basins, AKA in the water/wastewater industry as RIBs? It doesn't always go into rivers. Or the fertilizer/pesticides that are dumped on agricultural fields or residential lawns? And it's not just the drugs you mentioned. Let's not forget estrogen and progesterone in birth control pills, being taken in massive quantities throughout the world. Reverse osmosis (RO) will remove most contaminants of emerging concern. As a result, river (surface) water that has been RO'd will have a much lower concentration of contaminants than well (ground) water.

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I have done some research into Reverse Osmosis water filtration for use in aquariums. It does remove many more "contaminants" than simpler filtration methods, but at a cost of wasting a lot of water in the process if my memory serves me correctly. Probably not a concern here in Michigan, but someplace like California or Arizona it may not be such a great alternative.

Please correct me if I'm wrong - no real hard and fast opinions on this issue as of now.

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Old 02-28-2016, 10:40 AM   #17
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You are, in a sense, correct Lyle.
And that is because there is no such thing as a "free lunch." Large scale RO is energy intensive and the filters require backwashing using some water. That hasn't stopped the People's Republic of California from construction of a huge desalination plant (RO), even given the scarcity of water in Southern California. Distilling water also requires energy use. In either case, the water isn't appealing to the palate as both processes remove minerals and make the water taste flat. But there is a solution.....drink copious amounts of beer, wine, or spirits. Once you have consumed enough, you won't care if your drink contains any of the contaminants of emerging concern! And they are everywhere. Well, maybe not Antarctica. Last I checked, however, RVing opportunities there are severely limited.

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