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    Water from a bore hole --fit to drink

    Have a 40 metre bore hole on a hillside with no habitation above water looks good --any real problem with drinking it --i know taste and see but is it a good idea?also is there anywhere to do a proper test of water quality

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    Quote Originally Posted by donald36
    Have a 40 metre bore hole on a hillside with no habitation above water looks good
    You say no habitation but is there any cultivation above your bore ?

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    Put a filter between the well and the house it should be fine you can use Zeolite in the filter or carbon, resin and manganese up to you

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    Why filter all the water when you only need to clean the drinking water ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by donald36
    Have a 40 metre bore hole on a hillside with no habitation above water looks good
    You say no habitation but is there any cultivation above your bore ?
    No its jungle

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    Definitely get the water properly lab tested before drinking it, carbon filters will remove anything that's living in the water but not arsenic or other minerals that can have serious long term health implications. To get rid of those you'll need a reverse osmosis system.

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    I'd taste a sip before I worried about spending any money , bore water ain't rain water as such .

    It's normally quite hard with dissolved minerals , does soap lather in it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donald36
    No its jungle
    Good, no insecticides to worry about then.
    I am in much the same position as you except that our bore is a lot deeper.
    I think you will need to get the water tested to be on the safe side.

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    We had the water from our bore hole lab tested. It only cost $20 but was worth every penny as we discovered it contained arsenic at a rate of 200 parts per billion which is a dangerous level and greatly increases the chance of some cancers in later life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    I'd taste a sip before I worried about spending any money , bore water ain't rain water as such .

    It's normally quite hard with dissolved minerals , does soap lather in it ?
    i think its hard it reafdily forms a scum

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisInCambo
    greatly increases the chance of some cancers in later life.
    Does your missus bottle it?
    If not, be very wary.
    Rong term sorrutions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisInCambo View Post
    We had the water from our bore hole lab tested. It only cost $20 but was worth every penny as we discovered it contained arsenic at a rate of 200 parts per billion which is a dangerous level and greatly increases the chance of some cancers in later life.
    Thanks but where do I go to test it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    Why filter all the water when you only need to clean the drinking water ?
    we need to filter our borehole water near Chiang Mai; it is full of iron which makes the water stain everything brown



    Quote Originally Posted by donald36
    Thanks but where do I go to test it?
    I took a sample to my local pump/filter supplier and he sent it off to test. Each test for a particular mineral/contaminant cost about B400, so it can be expensive to test for everything

    anyway, we use the water for everything except drinking; for that we get bottled water delivered
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisInCambo
    To get rid of those you'll need a reverse osmosis system.
    As indicated in my link.
    A good water filtration system installed in your home is the only way to proactively monitor and ensure the quality and safety of your drinking water. Reverse osmosis water purification systems can remove 90-99% of all contaminants from city and well water to deliver healthy drinking water for you and your family.


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    Quote Originally Posted by donald36
    Have a 40 metre bore hole on a hillside
    A water source 40 m below you can come from anywhere, this aint a mountain stream so surface water pollution doesn't mean a thing.

    Are there any other houses around with a borehole at the same depth? What is over hill, a mine tailings reservoir?

    All provinces have a "water" company which will test your water.
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    you can fill clear plastic bottle with water from well, cap it and put in window for sun and watch to see if anything grows in it. That will indicate the bug status, but not deal with minerals.
    Our bore is 33 meters and we have been using the water for cooking, etc with no problems for 12 years.
    We still do buy bottled water for drinking but that is more because of the cooler than the quality of the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThaiAm
    because of the cooler than the quality of the water
    have you thought of putting your well water in the fridge to cool it?

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    Take a sample to your nearest hospital. They should be able to check if potable. Then get it checked by a pump,equipment supplier for water quality for plumbing use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ThaiAm
    because of the cooler than the quality of the water
    have you thought of putting your well water in the fridge to cool it?
    yes, that was what we did for the first few years, but went the luxury route and bought a couple of water coolers. They make a great toy for 3 year old daughter, she just loves to play with them and has mastered the handles and opening and closing bottles by herself. I am awestruck at how much fun she can have with such a simple addition to our house.

    Seriously though, keeping the water in the fridge is a big hastle since there is seldom room for it and keeping it stocked is a real challenge. So the water coolers are a good cheap solution at 12 baht a bottle.

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