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June 18, 2008

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Great post.

It's good that you were specific about the coliforms, they are indicators not pathogenic species themselves.

Also, E. Coli (italics) is in our gut all the time, and only certain strains under certain conditions go pathogenic -- which I find fascinating. It's like a truce in our gut LOL.

Bp

I lived in Oregon for years and owned three wells there. I rented a house with a well when I first arrived.

Being from the city I knew nothing about wells. There was a reverse osmosis system under the kitchen sink. The well was in a field where horses and other critters had grazed(and shat)for decades. Red flag.

Occasionally I would drink water from the hose I used to water my horses. I was not bright enough to put two and two together..reverse osmosis under the sink + animals shitting around well can = bad water.

One night I got real sick with nausea, systemic pain and malaise. I ended up in the hospital. The doctors could not diagnose my symptoms. I ended up doing all these tests with barium to see what was wrong with my gut. They were looking for cancer, but instead found a healthy intestine.

"The good news sir is your intestine looks entirely normal. The bad news is, we don't know what's wrong with you".

Not being totally devoid of intelligence despite my willingness to drink out of a horse hose, I suggested to the doctors to check for parasites.

"No, that couldn't be it. Your symptoms don't match that."

I consulted with an alternative practitioner who was quickly able to diagnose a parasitic infection similar to giardia and my recurring attacks of this mystery illness abated with his treatment.

Moral of the story.. Don't assume water coming out of a hose is fit to drink, or that the diploma on your doctor's wall is proof he is competent.

Have your well tested regularly not only for bacteria and protozoa but toxic metals and chemicals also. Groundwater flow patterns shift and can move through strata with pollutants not previously detected. You never know when Farmer John or Meth-cooker Bill up the road has decided to turn his property into a toxic waste dump spoiling the ground water for miles around.

not treating the whole system (house and garden pipes) leaves the coliform in the pipe system. You need to run the clorine up to each faucet and let sit for 24 hrs.
some clorine will get into the septic. after a week or so start the yeast treatment to be sure your septic gets going again in case it was harmed.
Great post

Interesting. We have had coliform bacteria in our wells (2) for at least 3 years. It only started after a farmer started using natural fertilizer on the top of the hill. Anyway, I noticed from research I did, none state anything about the septic system. Good to know and thank you. We tried digging a shallow well (one is 130 feet only 3 years old,and one is 132 feet deep 40 years old)in another part of our yard, but that was even worse.

We are getting an ultraviolet light as we feel the Clorox treatment won't help us much.We have been hauling water from a spring a few miles away (yes, we tested it and it was good water)but not being spring chickens, we feel the light would be easiest for us. Our water is also hard as a rock, so we need a softener system too. (Our bodies can't take the beatings from our water anymore. LOL)

Very nice to know that coliforms are food in our drinking water and thus how it will be treated.

Excellent information, and I thank you for taking the time to detail all this. I just got test results back and was told that our well has coliform bacteria in it (scared the crap out of me - pun intended).

I was going to try to do the bleaching myself, but I will follow your recommendation and contact the well company that installed it for us.

Again, thank you for the info, actually makes me feel better and not be so freaked out over it.

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