1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

November 18, 2008

:323 Bacteria in Water

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1:5:10:323 EcoTip: The presence of E. coli in water is an indicator that sewage or animal wastes may be contaminating your water supply. Testing for E. coli and coliform bacteria is a simple screening test that can tell you if your well or water supply is contaminated with waste material.

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National testing laboratories provides a test kit for the presence or absence of E. coli and coliform bacteria with results two days after the samples are received by the laboratory.

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June 11, 2008

:163 PCB’s in Wells

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:163 EcoTip: Prior to 1973 many water wells with submersible pumps had PCBs in the lubrication fluid. A leaking pump will contaminate an entire water supply. If you have a pre-1980 submersible pump – it is now getting really old and is more likely to fail and leak oil into the water. PCB containing submersible pumps must be disposed as hazardous waste.

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If you have a well with a pre 1980 submersible pump the EPA provides information at: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/monitoring/tsca/manuals/pcbinspect/pcbinspectapph.pdf

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June 10, 2008

:162 Save Well Water

Filed under: :162 Save Well Water — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:02 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:162 EcoTip: If you have well water you should check your well’s pump to see if it ever runs when water is not being used. If it does, its very likely you have a leak that needs to be tracked down and fixed.

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