Comments: Nobody Wants to Bottle THEIR Water

You know, I actually like rats, but the last house we lived in had an infestation off wood rats -- we lived in a forested area -- that culminated in one coming through a hole in a kitchen cupboard wall and ending up in my room. I was asleep, hear a noise, turned on my light, and there was a rat on my wall staring at me! I still have creep out fits remembering it.

Posted by Ith at July 19, 2007 08:30 PM

This house had arsenic in the water... the people we bought from lived here 11 years and never got the water tested after the initial test on sinking the well!!! We ended up spending a huge chunk of change putting in a water system. And we will test every year.

For heaven sake, municipalities check daily! I can't imagine having a well and not testing at least yearly! Of course the water we have now is fit to be bottled and sold - it's excellent.

Posted by Teresa at July 19, 2007 10:32 PM

Our town gets its water supply from a river. The town is also downstream from a few dairy farms. I don't trust the water, in spite of the annual report card we get in the mail.

When our two oldest kids were toddlers, we went through a space of a couple months where they constantly had the scoots. The pediatrician treated them for giardia, and asked what our drinking water supply was. I told him, and he said that sometimes even in treated water all the cysts aren't always killed. Although, they do chlorinate the living daylights out of it and sometimes it smells like bleach when you open the tap. It was enough for me to start on bottled water. That, and the comment my husband made about the texture of the drinking water. Bleahhhh!

Posted by Peggy U at July 19, 2007 11:32 PM

A ratty to love.

Posted by Peggy U at July 19, 2007 11:40 PM

Rats? Oh yeah. We got 'em here. Not as many as when we raised hogs though. Theres's not as much corn laying around here and there anymore. The rats stay near the corn bins which is a good ways from my house. I do have a bunch of mice that are building tunnels right up by my house though. I'm gonna have to drown them out.

And well water? My Mom and Dad's had bacteria in their well a few years ago. Dad has had it tested again, and Culligan says it is fine now. It still leaves a black grit in the sinks and toilets. I don't drink it, no matter how hard Dad tries to serve it up.

My well water is rusty and smells like rotten eggs according to my house guests (I have no sense of smell). But at least it doesn't contain bacteria or e-coli.

Posted by Jerry at July 19, 2007 11:49 PM

have you found a frog in your toilet yet?

Posted by vw bug at July 20, 2007 05:47 AM

Thanks for the push! It's close... :D

Reading this reminded me of the saying "survival of the fittest". I'm sure our well water was tainted with all sort of germs and bacteria... and e coli. But my Mom lived to be 91. ;)

Posted by pam at July 20, 2007 07:07 AM

Well water should always be tested, something could die nearby and leave bacteria in the system. We had ecoli and then we had something else. I don't drink the tap water, though we test it and it is safe because we get it treated if it is not and retested. I just prefer bottled water. Course, I don't drink city water either.

I have a very simple creed, if it makes you sick, don't do it. If it doesn't - fair game. :)

Posted by oddybobo at July 20, 2007 07:51 AM

Back when we used to own a horse, we kept him stabled close by and the Missus, the Mistress, or I would go by twice a day to feed and water him...and muck out the stall.

In the fall and winter it would be dark when the evening feeding came around...and that's when we discovered that an army of rats had invaded the stable. Their eyes would glow in the dark as they scurried along the rafters...

We made the stable owner call out an exterminator. He also got a cat...and after that, no more rat problem. But thinking about going to the stable at night still skeeves me out...

Posted by Elisson at July 20, 2007 11:56 AM

Every morning when I'd open the barn doors to feed the horses, the barn cat always had "presents" for me piled up. It was usually just the heads.
The rats would also fall in the water buckets and drown.

Posted by Maeve at July 21, 2007 07:43 AM

I've gotta get out more. Just saw this and the comments over there are already closed :(

Posted by Richard at July 21, 2007 07:10 PM