I am going to tell you about a job which may not be the worst water we have ever seen, but it is sure in the TOP 20! This is about a family in Ohio who had arsenic, sulfur, iron and methane in the water, to go along with some typical hardness. All of those things are problems, but roll them all together and you have a really big problem. Actually, this job came to us via the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) because they knew that US Water had successfully removed arsenic from the water for an elementary school in Fountain City, Indiana (I will blog about that installation very soon). The EPA knew about the arsenic, iron, sulfur and hardness, but they had no idea there was methane in the water. It took them a while to be convinced, but once they saw the water burning, they were convinced. YES, BURNING! In case you wonder how to detect methane gas in your water, you will need two things: (1) a plastic milk jug; and (2) a lighter. here's how:
- Take a one gallon milk jug (drink the milk if it's not empty) and rinse it out thoroughly;
- Next, go to the faucet in your home that is the furthest away from your well pressure tank and make sure that you haven't used any water from the faucet for several hours;
- Position the milk jug under the faucet and remove the cap, but keep in in your hand so that you can screw it back on quickly;
- Turn the faucet on and directly run it until the jug until it is about 75% full;
- Quickly secure the cap back on the top of the jug (shut off the water);
- Let the water sit in the plastic jug for 30 to 45 seconds and then with a lighter ready, uncap the bottle and place it directly above the opening; and
- If methane is present, it will ignite - Be careful because I have seen it shoot a flame two to three feet high and singe someone's eyebrows.
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