Water test concerns. Any opinions?

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  1. Designie

    Designie New Member

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    I had my water tested recently and I am looking for some opinions on a couple of contaminants that were found. I believe they said that it is pretty hard water, very salty. But besides that, 3 volatile contaminants were found.

    The 3 contaminants were:

    Dichloromethane, Tetrahydrofuran and Xylene. My question is regarding the levels. I know in a perfect world there would be none of these detected, but are the levels found in my test of little concern or great concern? All 3 were barely above the minimum for detection. 0.003, 0.02, 0.002 mg/L respectively.

    Here are the test results:

    Aluminum ND mg/L 0.2 EPA Secondary 0.1
    Arsenic ND mg/L 0.01 EPA Primary 0.005
    Barium ND mg/L 2 EPA Primary 0.30
    Cadmium ND mg/L 0.005 EPA Primary 0.002
    Calcium 28.2 mg/L -- 2.0
    Chromium ND mg/L 0.1 EPA Primary 0.010
    Copper 0.013 mg/L 1.3 EPA Action Level 0.004
    Iron 0.066 mg/L 0.3 EPA Secondary 0.020
    Lead 0.002 mg/L 0.015 EPA Action Level 0.002
    Magnesium 12.50 mg/L -- 0.10
    Manganese 0.016 mg/L 0.05 EPA Secondary 0.004
    Mercury ND mg/L 0.002 EPA Primary 0.001
    Nickel ND mg/L -- 0.020
    Potassium 5.2 mg/L -- 1.0
    Selenium ND mg/L 0.05 EPA Primary 0.020
    Silica 9.460 mg/L -- 0.100
    Silver ND mg/L -- 0.002
    Sodium 514 mg/L -- 1
    Zinc 0.013 mg/L 5 EPA Secondary 0.004

    Physical Factors

    Alkalinity (Total) 210 mg/L -- 20
    Hardness 120 mg/L 100 NTL Internal 10
    pH 7.7 pH Units 6.5 to 8.5 EPA Secondary
    Total Dissolved Solids 1500 mg/L 500 EPA Secondary 20
    Turbidity 0.8 NTU 1 EPA Action Level 0.1

    Inorganic Analytes - Other

    Contaminant Results Units National Standards Min. Detection Level

    Chloride 620.0 mg/L 250 EPA Secondary 5.0
    Fluoride 1.7 mg/L 4 EPA Primary 0.5
    Nitrate as N ND mg/L 10 EPA Primary 0.5
    Nitrite as N ND mg/L 1 EPA Primary 0.5
    Ortho Phosphate ND mg/L -- 2.0
    Sulfate 170.0 mg/L 250 EPA Secondary 5.0
    Organic Analytes - Trihalomethanes
    Bromodichloromethane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    Bromoform ND mg/L -- 0.004
    Chloroform ND mg/L -- 0.002
    Dibromochloromethane ND mg/L -- 0.004
    Total THMs ND mg/L 0.08 EPA Primary 0.002

    Organic Analytes - Volatiles

    Status Contaminant Results Units National Standards Min. Detection Level

    1,1,1,2-Tetrachloroethane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    1,1,1-Trichloroethane ND mg/L 0.2 EPA Primary 0.001
    1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    1,1,2-Trichloroethane ND mg/L 0.005 EPA Primary 0.002
    1,1-Dichloroethane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    1,1-Dichloroethene ND mg/L 0.007 EPA Primary 0.001
    1,1-Dichloropropene ND mg/L -- 0.002
    1,2,3-Trichlorobenzene ND mg/L -- 0.002
    1,2,3-Trichloropropane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene ND mg/L 0.07 EPA Primary 0.002
    1,2-Dichlorobenzene ND mg/L 0.6 EPA Primary 0.001
    1,2-Dichloroethane ND mg/L 0.005 EPA Primary 0.001
    1,2-Dichloropropane ND mg/L 0.005 EPA Primary 0.002
    1,3-Dichlorobenzene ND mg/L -- 0.001
    1,3-Dichloropropane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    1,4-Dichlorobenzene ND mg/L 0.075 EPA Primary 0.001
    2,2-Dichloropropane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    2-Chlorotoluene ND mg/L -- 0.001
    4-Chlorotoluene ND mg/L -- 0.001
    Acetone ND mg/L -- 0.01
    Benzene ND mg/L 0.005 EPA Primary 0.001
    Bromobenzene ND mg/L -- 0.002
    Bromomethane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    Carbon Tetrachloride ND mg/L 0.005 EPA Primary 0.001
    Chlorobenzene ND mg/L 0.1 EPA Primary 0.001
    Chloroethane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    Chloromethane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    cis-1,2-Dichloroethene ND mg/L 0.07 EPA Primary 0.002
    cis-1,3-Dichloropropene ND mg/L -- 0.002
    DBCP ND mg/L -- 0.001
    Dibromomethane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    Dichlorodifluoromethane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    Dichloromethane 0.003 mg/L 0.005 EPA Primary 0.002
    EDB ND mg/L -- 0.001
    Ethylbenzene ND mg/L 0.7 EPA Primary 0.001
    Methyl Tert Butyl Ether ND mg/L -- 0.004
    Methyl-Ethyl Ketone ND mg/L -- 0.01
    Styrene ND mg/L 0.1 EPA Primary 0.001
    Tetrachloroethene ND mg/L 0.005 EPA Primary 0.002
    Tetrahydrofuran 0.02 mg/L -- 0.01
    Toluene ND mg/L 1 EPA Primary 0.001
    trans-1,2-Dichloroethene ND mg/L 0.1 EPA Primary 0.002
    trans-1,3-Dichloropropene ND mg/L -- 0.002
    Trichloroethene ND mg/L 0.005 EPA Primary 0.001
    Trichlorofluoromethane ND mg/L -- 0.002
    Vinyl Chloride ND mg/L 0.002 EPA Primary 0.001
    Xylenes (Total) 0.002 mg/L 10 EPA Primary 0.001

    Does anyone have an opinion on how much I should be concerned about these contaminants and to what I degree I should try to treat them?

    Thanks in advance.

    Ron.
  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    IMO you shouldn't be concerned with anything below the EPA minimum, the minimum detectable limit isn't what is important..
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