My Informal Water Test Experiment

by lilla on October 29, 2010

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In August, the New York Times published an article about a local water spring that was pronounced “unsafe for human consumption” near my hometown. A spring that people have been drinking from for eons I would imagine. No proof is available or test results of its “unsafety” but the local government decided to put fencing around it to keep people out and “protect” the public. Fencing that has been broken down by those who thankfully refuse to let the gov tell them what water they can and can not drink. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I do believe the gov tries to control people somewhat through the water supply.

“Fluoride as an additive has a dark past: it was first added to water in the Soviet Gulag (prison system) since it is a neurological poison and made political and other difficult prisoners complacent and therefore easier to manage. It was added to the water supplies of the Nazi death and slave labor camps for the same reason.” – Health Freedom USA

So I went to the “condemned spring,” got 12 gallons and since I WAS a bit fearful, I bought a 4-pack WaterSafe Kit that tests for pesticides, chlorine, PH, bacteria, hardness, nitrates, nitrites, etc. I then tested it compared to triple-filtered water from a local spring vendor. Here are the results (sorry so sloppy – I hadn’t planned on taking photos or blogging about this:)

Nitrate/Nitrite - Lower Number & No Color Means Less

Nitrate/Nitrite - Lower Number & Less Color is Better

Nitrate/Nitrate Test

Above are the results from the Nitrate/Nitrate tests. The top strip is the triple-filtered spring water which tested higher in nitrate/nitrite than the “so-called contaminated” local spring water which tested neutral.

“Nitrate/Nitrites – A common yet incredibly harmful pollutant especially to children and small animals. When animal and human wastes or field fertilizers come in contact with water, they show up as nitrates and nitrites. Both are serious contaminants because they effect the very core of human life.” – WaterSafe

PH, Hardness & Chlorine - Lower Number Means Less PPM

PH, Hardness & Chlorine

Water PH, Hardness and Chlorine

These strips above tested the ph, hardness and chlorine content of the water. (I wrote the test numbers on the strip, but by the time I took the photo the colors had changed so you can’t go by the color on this photo.)

So on this test, the first boxes on the left test for chlorine. Both water samples tested zero for chlorine. The middle box tests for hardness – the filtered water was harder at 250ppm and the natural spring water tested at 120ppm. Water hardness is primarily caused by calcium and magnesium compounds. Lower ppm hardness is desirable and the natural spring water wins on this front. The box to the right tests the water ph. The filtered water has a higher ph of 10 vs. the spring water at a perfectly neutral 7. EPA standards recommend ph between 6.5 – 8.5, so the triple-filtered spring water is out of this range but not sure if that is a bad or good thing.  I also did a bacteria test (no photo available) and they both came back neutral for bacteria.

I’ve since been drinking the contraband spring water and haven’t gotten sick, so it does make me mad that the local gov has not shown proof of what is wrong with the spring water and continues to keep people from accessing it.

Adya Clarity Test Results

So anyway, I had two more tests left in my WaterSafe kit, so I decided to test my home’s tap water (left test strip) vs. the same tap water with a dropper full of  the Adya Clarity that I’ve heard so much about on my affiliate The Raw Food World. Everything tested the same EXCEPT…

Adya Clarity Water vs. Plain Tap Water

Plain Tap Water vs. Same Water w/Adya Clarity

…the Adya Clarity immediately made the tap water more alkaline. Also, the tap water with the Adya Clarity tested for less bacteria than the same tap water without the Adya Clarity. The difference was negligible however.

So what does this all mean? (A) I will continue to get fresh water from my local spring EVEN if I have to climb fences to access it and (B) I need to do more research on Adya Clarity before I draw further conclusions, although I do feel I am benefiting from using it.

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  • Ela

    You said you hadn't planned to blog about this – I'm so glad that you did! This is such an important human rights issue. Everything's about to freeze up here in AK, but there are springs around and everyone talks about giardia all the time in fearful terms. I can't stand the chlorinated water that we haul to our cabin – would rather get it from a spring.

    I just got some Adya from the Raw Food World too – am interested to see what you think of it further along. I'm going to use it while traveling the next couple weeks.

    love
    Ela

  • Ela

    One other thing, off topic, though – I saw that you use coconut milk powder – would love to know what you think about my post on using it for coconut kefir –
    http://ulteriorharmony.blogspot.com/2010/10/as-promised-coconut-kefir-different-way.html

    Thanks!
    Ela

  • Ela

    One other thing, off topic, though – I saw that you use coconut milk powder – would love to know what you think about my post on using it for coconut kefir –
    http://ulteriorharmony.blogspot.com/2010/10/as-promised-coconut-kefir-different-way.html

    Thanks!
    Ela

  • http://www.HealthySimpleLiving.com/ Kali Lilla

    Hi Ela,
    No I've never used coconut milk powder but I have used coconut flour. :)

  • http://www.HealthySimpleLiving.com/ Kali Lilla

    Hi Ela,
    No I've never used coconut milk powder but I have used coconut flour. :)

  • http://www.HealthySimpleLiving.com/ Kali Lilla

    Thanks Ela. :) The whole issue of the gov controlling our food supply really riles me up! lol. Hope blogging about it helps spread the word. :)

  • Meghan-Love In The Kitchen

    I love that you took it upon yourself to be the judge of your own water. Not sure the government has ever made a decision to better the health of the general public. I'd drink spring water over filtered/bottled/tap any day!

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