Natural Spring Water May Taste Great, But That Doesn’t Make It Safe to Drink.

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Article courtesy of Paul Pugliese | Feb 4, 2016 |The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences| Shared as educational material

Untreated springs are largely considered unsuitable as a drinking water source. Despite many people enjoy drinking “natural” spring water from springs scattered across north Georgia, the main difference in taste between spring water and water from municipal sources may be the presence of natural minerals, such as calcium, and the lack of chlorination which makes it unsafe to drink as it is not treated. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices provide a number of water testing services. Wells used for drinking water should be tested for bacteria as soon as they are constructed and at least once a year thereafter. The presence of E. coli in water indicates direct contamination by fecal matter. Although it is possible to have spring water tested, it really isn’t practical or informative, since the test will only report if the water is safe on the day it was sampled.  Read more here : http://www.caes.uga.edu/newswire/story.html?storyid=5729

 

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