Is iron in drinking water safe?

Rusty sink caused by iron in water

Iron in drinking water is generally not a health risk but it can certainly be unpleasant! And it can be a real bother. If you suspect excess iron in your drinking water, this is the place to start. …Read more »

Boron in Drinking Water – Is it Harmful?

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Some areas in Oregon have high levels of boron in the soil. Excess boron exposure is a health risk especially to infants, children and pregnant women. Boron compounds are odorless and tasteless. The only way to know if it is in your drinking water is testing. …Read more »

Why Is My Faucet Water Cloudy?

cloudy water

You turn on your faucet and the water comes out white, milky or cloudy. Should you be alarmed? The Good News Fortunately, the most common cause of cloudy tap water is just extra air trapped in the water. Completely harmless air bubbles dissolve in the water and give it a whitish appearance. You may notice … Read more

Why Get Your Well Water Tested?

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Water that looks and tastes good may not necessarily be safe to drink. The only way to know if your drinking water is safe to drink is to have it tested. Here in Southern Oregon, there is local concern about nitrates and arsenic. Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District reports that in some areas of … Read more

How Dangerous Are Pesticides in Water?

While pesticides may be trending safer, they may also appear more frequently in our water sources. Scientists are studying both the acute and chronic effects of ingesting pesticides. Pesticides are being detected at low concentrations, and as such, acute toxic effects (like nausea or chemical burns) are of less concern for most people. Farmworkers and landscapers directly applying herbicides and pesticides are likely most at risk (consider the evolving case of glyphosate). …Read more »

Nitrites, Nitrates, and Your Health

Health effects of nitrates in your water info

Nitrites and nitrates in your drinking water are completely impossible to see, smell, or taste. But they are associated with serious health risks especially for infants and pregnant women. A total of 2 million people were served water that exceeded public health guidelines for nitrite and nitrate in 2015. …Read more »

What’s the Black Gunk on My Fixtures?!

Sludge, slime, gunk. Whatever you call it, you probably don’t want it near your drinking water. It’s sticky, it often smells, and it can leave you puzzled. Black residue on faucets and fixtures is a very common problem and we have some answers. …Read more »

The Drinking Water Taste Guide

Whether it’s salty, moldy, or metallic tasting–the flavor of your water can tell you a lot about what’s in it. The exact cause of water tastes can often be challenging to determine. Therefore, we have created a handy guide to help you identify and treat common causes of household water tastes, as well as what to do about it. …Read more »

Arsenic and Water Treatment

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Testing your water and detecting arsenic is never good news. But rest assured there are reliable steps you can take to protect your health. If you want to remove arsenic from your tap water, there are a few important things you need to know. …Read more »

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