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Posted: 10/1/2011 5:04:40 PM EST
We've got an old well with a cedar casing. When we bought the place it was determined that the water wasn't suitable for drinking because of high nitrates and possible ecoli contamination.
In a pinch i.e. SHTF would there be anything we could do to it to make it safe?
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 6:00:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By sspbass:
We've got an old well with a cedar casing. When we bought the place it was determined that the water wasn't suitable for drinking because of high nitrates and possible ecoli contamination.
In a pinch i.e. SHTF would there be anything we could do to it to make it safe?


RO is your best bet. A cheap RO system can be gotten for <$200.

In a real pinch you could just boil the water to deal with the e coli bacteria and not worry all that much about the nitrates for a short time. in fact, the primary people at risk from nitrates are infants under 6 months of age. most others are not at risk from nitrates.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 5:06:03 AM EST
Does RO remove ecoli?
I've read that boiling will actually make Nitrate levels worse but your correct, it only effects infants and potentially the elderly.
It reduces your blood cells ability to absorb oxygen I believe.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 5:12:46 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 6:22:49 PM EST
Supposedly they previously bleached the well but the ecoli came back because the wood casing has absorbed it.
Link Posted: 10/4/2011 4:26:12 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/4/2011 4:29:09 AM EST by TomJefferson]
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