Saturday, June 08, 2019
I was talking yesterday with a woman at HealthGuard, a water testing firm we've used in the past to test the water in our artesian well for contaminants. We hadn't done it in five years because the last test showed it to be free of anything nasty, from coliform bacteria to pesticide traces and heavy metals -- so pure in fact we could bottle it and sell it.
We decided to test the well again because although we live on 2.3 wooded acres and don't use chemicals on the property ourselves, we are surrounded by suburban homes that, as evidenced by most of their lawns being totally lacking in dandelions, clearly use gallons glyphosate-laced Roundup.property
I turns out the test we had done before tested for everything but herbicides, so we are testing now for glyphosate too. The woman at HealthGuard said it was becoming a popular test, and that, as I know, the chemical is showing up everywhere.
I don't know what the test results will be. Our well is 160 feet deep, so we may be lucky. I'm sure that any glyphosate will be minimal compared to what's in the public water supply in our town, which had to shut down several of its system's wells because of contamination with PFAs from a now closed Naval air station two miles from us. Fingers crossed.
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