Your Water And You

Dated: 09/13/2019

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Every year the city of Frederick MD publishes “The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.”  It’s obvious to all of us how important this is to our health.

It is encouraging to know that “the tap water provided during the past year (2018) once again met or surpassed all of the EPA standards for safe drinking water.  There were no contaminant level violations.”

What are the sources of our public drinking water?  Last year, the city used three different water sources: 

64% from Linganore Creek, 23% from the Potomac River, and 14% from Fishing Creek.

The full report is available online.

However, drinking water does not just flow through the pipes of our city water system.   Many people live on residential properties that have private water from wells.  And when people buy and sell houses with wells, water quality becomes an important issue.

One of the most critical inspections of wells is the water quality assessment.  Professional companies can be hired by a prospective buyer to test the content of the well water.  Measurements are taken of contaminants either in parts per million, billion, even trillion.  Some primary contaminants include nitrates found in runoffs from fertilizer use; ethylene dibromide found in runoffs from pesticide use; lead and copper from corrosion of plumbing systems; and chlorine, fluoride, and barium.

Turbidity is the measure of the cloudiness or clarity of the water, which can come from the runoff of soil and other particles.

If you are thinking of buying a house with a well (and septic system), be sure to have both tested!

Your long-term health depends on it.

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Roger Franks

Roger has been a resident of Maryland for over 30 years. He brings a solid background in sales and customer service along with an expert knowledge of Frederick County and the local community. He is pa....

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