Is my water safe?
There are times when we all have well water issues. If your water seems unsafe or you want to be sure it is safe for fish it is more simple than you think. We will walk you through how and why below.
Water pollution is one of the major issues affecting our planet, and it continues to inflict damage on the water supplies of many nations to this day.
This is something that should not be taken lightly.
Government officials and various environmental organizations all around the world have been searching for a remedy to this pollution problem, but they can’t do it alone. Unless everyone bands together towards solving this dilemma, all these efforts will just go down the drain.
Now is the time to begin investing in knowledge, and taking a more active part in solving the water crisis.
Everyone wishes to live in a world with clean and safe water. But we all know that water pollution is one of the most consistent problems affecting our world today. With only a few people taking responsibility, it’s almost impossible to see this wish come true, regardless of whether or not polluted water drastically affects our lives.
If you want a better place to live, with waters that are free from water pollutants, then you need to have a better understanding of water pollution – What it is, its causes and hazardous effects, and how it destroys this wonderful place that we live in.
In recent years, more and more people have been inflicted by diseases from contaminated well water. Clearly, there is a pressing a need to be more conscious of safe drinking water. If you are interested to learn how to clean your drinking water or make it fish safe, keep on reading. In this article you will get to know the most effective ways that you can clean your existing water supply today.
Bacterial contamination – Are you and your family feeling sick more often than not? Are you more dead than alive? If you notice a lot of recurring issues like lots of dead or dying fish, digestive upset, diarrhea, vomiting, or skin rashes, you might have water contaminated with bacteria coming out of your tap. This type of contamination might not be serious enough to make you drastically ill, but it can still lead to health problems, especially for younger children, older adults, and anyone who is immunocompromised and especially fish tanks.
Chemical contamination – Chemicals can find their way into water sources through a number of different venues, but the most common are through pesticides and fertilizers used in agricultural processes. Especially in areas where runoff from farms is very common, groundwater and surface water are both very likely to be contaminated with chemicals. Water tests can confirm this for sure, but this type of contamination may lead to increased health risks for you and your fish over time.
Nitrates – Fertilizers are also responsible for nitrate contamination in surface water sources. As nitrates build up in the water, they lead to algal blooms that can choke out fish, plants, and insects that live in the water. The more frequently this happens, the quicker mammals and birds in the area die off. This is the reason why the wetlands are disappearing.
Remember that if your water begins to smell strange or look strange, you might have a contamination issue on your hands. This is one of the first signs that something might be in your water supply that shouldn’t be there. Taste, appearance, and even the texture of your water can also indicate problems that need to be addressed. Basically, if your water doesn’t seem clean, it probably isn’t. Paying attention to your water can make a huge difference in keeping you, your family and your fish safe.
1. Large black plastic trash can.
2. Air pump.
3. Air stone and tube enough to reach the bottom.
4. Bottle of dechlor or home made dechlor – Sodium thiosulfate (camera shop or online) post here Homemade Dechlorinator
5. Test strips for chlorine if you need to feel more safe. (not needed though)
6. Small metal pan
7. A large heater
Full the can with water and adjust you bleach to the levels below. Add the pan and place your heater on it and place your air-stone in a corner. Let it run for 24 hours. After 24 hours 90% of the bleach will be out already and you can use a normal dose of de-chlor to remove any that might be left over. Let is run for another hour or so to release any off gassing from the de-chlor you just added. Now you can use your aged safe water in your tank.
Depending on brand or concentration, regular household bleach contains between 5.25 and 8.25 percent available chlorine (liquid sodium hypochlorite), which will disinfect the water if added in the right amount.
Use regular liquid household bleach (any brand); however the only active ingredient should be sodium hypochlorite. Do not use bleach that contain soaps, perfumes, or dyes. Be sure to read the label.
Add 8 drops (almost one-eighth U.S. teaspoon) of regular liquid bleach per one gallon of water to be treated.
Mix thoroughly and let stand for 30 minutes to 24 hours (important).
Then, smell the water. If the water has a faint smell of chlorine, then it is okay to use. If you cannot detect any chlorine odor, add another 8 drops of regular liquid bleach. Let stand, and smell it again. If you still cannot smell chlorine, discard it and find another water source.
This will give you a little less than 1 ppm (parts per million). The maximum safe level for drinking water according to the EPA is 4 ppm and you are not even close to this level. A typical municipal water supply measured at the home faucet is typically between 0.2 and 0.5 ppm chlorine.
Add 1/4 teaspoon (or 16 drops; about 1.50 milliliters) of bleach for each gallon of cloudy water (or 4 drops of bleach for each liter or each quart of cloudy water). this will be around 1.5ppm
This would also be a great time to adjust you PH up with baking soda or down with some acid. Baking soda has a pH of 8.3. This compound, also called sodium bicarbonate, is made up of sodium, hydrogen, carbon and oxygen. While acids such as hydrochloric acid (used in aqaculture), hydrobromic acid and nitric acid, designated HCl, HBr and HNO_3, respectively. Strong acids have an extremely high concentration of hydrogen ions. Hydrogen ions make a solution acidic,