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So I never really paid attention to my water reports from my provider, probably should have checked but I recently moved and changed water suppliers. Anyways here is what I got going on. What should I be most concerned about with these numbers. It looks like they are averages though.
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pH is pretty high is the first thing i noticed...

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I'm on the same water as you, and my ph out of the tap is 7.6, in the 15 years I've been on water one and olathe I've never had issues with the water quality. No boil orders, nothing lol.


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pH is pretty high is the first thing i noticed...
That is what I first noticed. I also always thought that my water was fairly hard but looks pretty soft.
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I'm on the same water as you, and my ph out of the tap is 7.6, in the 15 years I've been on water one and olathe I've never had issues with the water quality. No boil orders, nothing lol.
I was sorta waiting for someone else to comment before i did again, but get yourself a water test kit.... water quality reports are usually aggregate averages over a geographic area. This means they could be pulling well, ground, or water from the surface such as lakes and rivers, even in the same geographic area. This will effect the results

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I'm on the same water as you, and my ph out of the tap is 7.6, in the 15 years I've been on water one and olathe I've never had issues with the water quality. No boil orders, nothing lol.
Well that is good to know. I was had city of olathe water when I was in my apartment last year and it was around 8.2-8.4 so it will be nice to be a little bit more on the neutral side of things.

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I was sorta waiting for someone else to comment before i did again, but get yourself a water test kit.... water quality reports are usually aggregate averages over a geographic area. This means they could be pulling well, ground, or water from the surface such as lakes and rivers, even in the same geographic area. This will effect the results
I do have a kit, just haven't tested the water since I moved. Been busy working and doing some finishing touches on the house. Yeah it shows a pretty wide range where they get the average. I will have to do a test, was just at work checking my bill and started looking around and found this chart.
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As mentioned there are lots of places where the water is drawn from different sources at different times. It depends on several things, which is used but some of the things that change the decisions are drought or floods. If they have normally been drawing from wells as it is cleaner (and cheaper) to treat but a drought comes along where the water table is too low, they may switch to river water. But at other times like if there is a flood in Nebraska and river water is too full of junk they may favor using water from a local lake if it is in their pipe system. They may have to pump it further but clean it less.
Those cases are where you want to look at the range rather than the average. Too many people think of water as a constant rather than an everchanging item. Most of the really important items like the amount of chlorine allowed are carefully regulated but that doesn't go as far when we start to look at hardness and the smaller items which are not safety concerns.
You are fortunate to be in an area where water is not a really big concern due to the supply.
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Most water municipals allow one free testing of your house water a year. Check into, and if so have your house water tested for a more accurate reading. Generally PH is high in a lot of locations cause it slows down the corrosion of town/city/county pipes, it's done so on purpose. Test results are typically taken from the treatment plant/source, the further away from the source the lower the PH.

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I know in the past when the city of olathe and water one does a big treatment at the plant, IE add a boat load of chlorine they announce it on their facebook page prior. Saved me from doing a water change the same day they loaded the treatment plant up. Whenever I had questions about the water, they were always overly helpful and answered my questions. Even via facebook chat.


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As mentioned there are lots of places where the water is drawn from different sources at different times. It depends on several things, which is used but some of the things that change the decisions are drought or floods. If they have normally been drawing from wells as it is cleaner (and cheaper) to treat but a drought comes along where the water table is too low, they may switch to river water. But at other times like if there is a flood in Nebraska and river water is too full of junk they may favor using water from a local lake if it is in their pipe system. They may have to pump it further but clean it less.
Those cases are where you want to look at the range rather than the average. Too many people think of water as a constant rather than an everchanging item. Most of the really important items like the amount of chlorine allowed are carefully regulated but that doesn't go as far when we start to look at hardness and the smaller items which are not safety concerns.
You are fortunate to be in an area where water is not a really big concern due to the supply.
The water comes from the Kansas and Missouri river.

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Most water municipals allow one free testing of your house water a year. Check into, and if so have your house water tested for a more accurate reading. Generally PH is high in a lot of locations cause it slows down the corrosion of town/city/county pipes, it's done so on purpose. Test results are typically taken from the treatment plant/source, the further away from the source the lower the PH.
The water treatment facilities are quite a ways from me.
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Distance from the water treatment plant and your house are not a big factor. The readings are not only taken at the treatment plant but from numerous test points throughout the system. It would be missing the whole point of testing if they only tested at the plant rather than what the user receives. If the tests were only at the plant, there would rarely be a boil order issued after water mains are dug up. The readings at the plant would not change but what goes to the customer can show up contaminated.
Many think of water treatment as a simple item but it is something that is monitored by many different levels of government as well as the company who supplies the water. An area like the Kansas City metro may have a dozen or more treatment plants and water from one may not match water from another but they all have to meet the basic standards set by he Center for Disease Control and EPA, DNR and any other state agency involved in public health. Since we rarely have any outbreaks of the diseases found in polluted water, I feel they do a good job of monitoring things.
Do you think water out of the Kaw or Missouri River would be safe to drink without treatment folks doing a good job?
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I wouldn't even swim in the Missouri.


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