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What is Coliform Bacteria?

The most basic test to see if your drinking water is safe is to test for total coliform bacteria and E. coli. Coliform bacteria are a natural indicator bacterium, meaning that if there is a presence of coliform there is likely to be other bacteria in the water source. Water that is considered potable has a zero bacteria count. Total Coliform is a family of bacteria that are found in the organic sources, such as soil, water that has been influenced by surface water, and in human or animal waste. Escherichia coli (E. coli) is the major species in the...

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Why Is My Water Pressure So Low?

Whether you’re getting ready to take a shower or washing dishes any time you experience low water pressure, it can incite stress and concern. This makes some everyday tasks more difficult than they need to be. As a homeowner, you should be able to have the proper water pressure you need and want. Here are some things to look for to determine the cause of your low water pressure. Mineral and debris buildup: When dirt and minerals build up in the pipes, it can slow the water flow. As it does this, the fixtures in the home are often affected....

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Why Does Your Tap Water Smell Funny?

The infamous rotten egg or sulfur smell comes from a gas called hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide occurs naturally in water supplies because it’s produced when organic material like plants decay. Water absorbs the sulfides produced by decaying material as it passes by, picking up the smell in the process. Hydrogen sulfide in water isn’t considered dangerous, but it can encourage pipe corrosion and blacken your water. A rotten egg smell usually indicates that there’s slightly too much sulfide in your water supply.

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Did You Know?

About 27 trillion gallons of groundwater are withdrawn for use in the U.S. each year. (source: Ground Water Protection Council) A gallon of water weighs about 8 pounds. The High Plains Aquifer covers eight states and 175,000 miles. (source: U.S. Geological Survey) 26% of household water use if for flushing the toilet. (source: American Water Works Association) About 25% of all rainfall in the U.S. becomes groundwater. (source: U.S. Geological Survey) Water is the only substance on Earth found naturally in three forms - solid, liquid, and gas.

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