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J. Steinhauer
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Username: Jstein6870

Post Number: 115
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 02:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anyone know of a good place to get water tested, especially in northeast Minnesota? I'd send it further, if necessary. I can't tell if U. of MN or a county extension does this. Websearches mostly yield scam artists trying to sell water filters. New house is on a well, and all I know is pH, coliforms, and organics are acceptable. The water tastes fine once through a charcoal filter. I have not tasted it unfiltered, yet (I haven't lived there yet), but I suspect the iron is very high.

I have one more week in this hell they call Houston.

Thanks,

Steinhauer
 

Josef
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Username: Josef

Post Number: 12
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 01:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Use Ward Labs http://www.wardlab.com/ $15 for mineral analysis (Test W6) and very quick turn around for results. Others on the digest have recommended them and I would use them again.
 

John Ferens
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Username: John_ferens

Post Number: 20
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 03:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the $24 "Household Complete Mineral Test" provide anything useful above the $15 "Mineral Test?" Iron seems to be the only additional item that might matter.

TIA,
John.
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 3068
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 03:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I got test W-6 (the $15 one) and that's pretty much all you need to know.
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.
 

Josef
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Post Number: 13
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 04:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Iron level in brewing water should be below .1 ppm and can cause problems at .2 ppm. I wouldn't worry about iron unless you know you have a high iron content.
 

John Ferens
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Post Number: 21
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 06:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Denny.
 

J. Steinhauer
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Username: Jstein6870

Post Number: 116
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - 03:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If there is too much iron, you can probably taste it. For those not familiar, it tastes like blood, pretty much. Well water from South Lyon, Brighton or even Edenville, Michigan tastes like this, and so does that public artesian well by the old Ford Valve Plant in downtown Northville, Mich. If your toilet gets rust rings, your iron is high.

Being at the foot of the Iron Range, I suspect my iron content is pretty high, but I've only tasted the water on the other side of the charcoal filter. I didn't notice toilet rings in the house, but I thought tasting the water was important when considering the purchase. I'll probably opt for the bigger test, just to see how high the iron is. I may send multiple samples, filtered and unfiltered, as well as preboiled. Maybe I'll scoop some out of the lake, as well.

Thanks for the info. Seven days and counting!

Steinhauer