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View Poll Results: Preferences?
Raised on well water, love it. 16 24.24%
Raised on well water, prefer city water. 5 7.58%
Raised on city water, love it. 28 42.42%
Raised on city water, prefer well water. 8 12.12%
I'm a aqua-monogamist. What's the difference? 9 13.64%
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:14 AM   #1
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Was at the SIL's house this weekend for Easter.
She has a well, and she and her husband remarked they like the water there so much more than at their old house which was city water.

I asked why, they said they enjoyed the taste.

Grandma piped in and said the same thing, which totally blows my mind as her well has to be more shallow (I assume, I know nothing of wells) as her water has the "well" smell and is totally unpotable in my eyes.


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Old 04-05-2010, 10:16 AM   #2
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my well water is harder than ron jeremy during the AVN awards.
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:18 AM   #3
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I only drink tap water from the spigot in my bathroom at home
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:20 AM   #4
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Depends on where the well is.

If you live in Maine, near the Poland Springs water supply, the well water tastes as good and clean as it gets.

If you live in Florida well and city both taste like crap.

The other thing to remember about well water is that typically you need to augment it with something or your teeth with rot. Most town water supplies have fluoride in some capacity already added before you get it. Well of course does not, so people who are unaware of this and have less than stellar tooth strength will find they get a lot more cavities on well.

I've had the opportunity to have both in different locations. We're on town water right now, but I only drink poland springs and have for the past 7 years. That's more as a result of my needing to avoid any extra building blocks for kidney stones, but also because bad tap is bad!
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:25 AM   #5
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Depends on where the well is.

If you live in Maine, near the Poland Springs water supply, the well water tastes as good and clean as it gets.

If you live in Florida well and city both taste like crap.
True.
Around here and in GA, I found both places to have terrible water quality from wells.

I've not sampled a well in the far north.
I have had water from an artesian spring in CO and it was the best water evAr.
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:25 AM   #6
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Depends on where the well is.
Nailed it.

My parents live in N. Idaho and have a well sunk into granite. Great water, better than any city supply.

Here in WI, the well water has lots of sulfer. It stains things yellow and smells like rotten eggs. We use a softener, whole house filter, and undersink filter to make it potable. And it still has to be ice cold or it's nasty.
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:38 AM   #7
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My experiences with water:

City water in eastern MA, tastes fine. Well water in NH, SUPER hard, but once it's been thru the softener, it's also quite good.
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:43 AM   #8
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northen MI grew up on well water, but parents got a softener that made the water taste like butt. our hard water wasn't that bad though, didn't smell or anything. I had a g/f that lived in bad axe and that water smelled like old eggs or something.

the city water here is good too, so i'm open to both. Andt btw nick, that poland springs is one of my faves too. what do you think about evian? it's weird to me, it almost *feels* soft but has a hard taste to it (that's totally what she said)
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:51 AM   #9
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northen MI grew up on well water, but parents got a softener that made the water taste like butt. our hard water wasn't that bad though, didn't smell or anything. I had a g/f that lived in bad axe and that water smelled like old eggs or something.

the city water here is good too, so i'm open to both. Andt btw nick, that poland springs is one of my faves too. what do you think about evian? it's weird to me, it almost *feels* soft but has a hard taste to it (that's totally what she said)
Can't say I specifically recall having Evian, all bottled water tastes different. Which is silly cause shouldn't clean "spring" water taste roughly the same regardless of the source (obviously mineral absorption does make for differences). I've had house delivery for a while now, started in FL with ZephyerHills and then Poland Springs in MA (same company BTW, same spring as well I believe). My bother has a house/cabin in Andover, ME and his well water is honestly the 2nd cleanest I've ever had. But he's literally on the appalacian trail, so the there's nothing to screw it up before it comes up the well. The BEST water I've ever tasted was runoff from the Meade glacier on the Alaska/Canada border on the helicopter tour we took is Skagway. Despite the possibility of dinosaur pee in the water it was damn good, but not that much different from the water in ME.
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Raised on city water, prefer (and currently have) well water.
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I have city water at the current place. I have well water at the vacation place in the Adirondacks. The vacation home is at the top of the watershed and the soil composition is sandy. The well water is excellent. However, my friend's house has well water and my city water is MUCH better. As Nick said, location is everything.
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Here in WI, the well water has lots of sulfer. It stains things yellow and smells like rotten eggs. We use a softener, whole house filter, and undersink filter to make it potable. And it still has to be ice cold or it's nasty.
Same situation here. Washing whites is completely useless without bleach and drinking water comes in bottle form.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:36 AM   #13
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Oddly enough downtown Chicago water's pretty good. I can see the intakes a mile or so out in Lake Michigan from my window. Still, nothing beats the tap water in Aurora, Colorado.
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The other thing to remember about well water is that typically you need to augment it with something or your teeth with rot. Most town water supplies have fluoride in some capacity already added before you get it. Well of course does not, so people who are unaware of this and have less than stellar tooth strength will find they get a lot more cavities on well.
Wouldn't the amount of flouride in toothpaste and other preventative care (not to mention regular dental checkups with flouride care) be enough to supplement good dental health? I think the whole "flouride in water" story has been blown out of proportion. Maybe it was something to consider back in the 1940's and 50's when toothpaste and dental care was not what it is today, but not at present day. Maybe it was a "look what big government is doing for you" scenario after WWII, I don't know.

Or maybe it was done as rural areas, which have statistically lower incomes and could not afford proper dental care (including toothpaste and regular checkups with flouride), so when these areas were annexed by larger towns/cities, they provided these lower income households with "health from government."

Haha, I'm looking into it too much!
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:25 PM   #15
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Our well water in CT was excellent. I think there was a spring or something that we were tapped into, I know nothing about wells but I remember being told that by the well driller guy (who also happened to be our next door neighbor).

Our city water in FL sucked, but the city water here in SC is pretty good.

I think it's all about where you live.
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Anyone whos been in the military and/or been deployed will tell you: water is water. As long as it's safe to drink, it all does the job just as effectively. But I will say this, nasty ass creek water with iodine tablets...I never want to do that ever again. Your body never really recovers from it.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:35 PM   #17
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The well water at my cabin (Michigan's Upper Peninsula) could be bottled and sold. It has no taste and comes out of the ground ice cold. It is 10 times better than my Detroit area city water which I run through a Brita filter.
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Wouldn't the amount of flouride in toothpaste and other preventative care (not to mention regular dental checkups with flouride care) be enough to supplement good dental health? I think the whole "flouride in water" story has been blown out of proportion. Maybe it was something to consider back in the 1940's and 50's when toothpaste and dental care was not what it is today, but not at present day. Maybe it was a "look what big government is doing for you" scenario after WWII, I don't know.

Or maybe it was done as rural areas, which have statistically lower incomes and could not afford proper dental care (including toothpaste and regular checkups with flouride), so when these areas were annexed by larger towns/cities, they provided these lower income households with "health from government."

Haha, I'm looking into it too much!
Good point, as I don't know if they use it as heavily as they used to.

All I know is that the town I grew up in, we only drank from the tap, and I didn't have a single cavity until I was 20 and away at college in FL. So there might be some merit to the fluoride in the water supply.

I'm just guessing, but I would also say that the amount of flouride you get in the toothpaste products is pretty minimal, since they don't want to over-dose people on it. It was pretty common practice for people in FL on well to use those special flouride rinse products to ensure you were getting enough.

Our town water here in Rowley, MA is... OK... I won't drink it, but I'll cook with it. I'm starting to seriously considering getting a whole house RO setup though. The water isn't too hard or soft though so we're ok there, but it DEFINITLY is a little yellow and does have some minor odors. I know they did find trace amounts of coliform (sp?) bacteria at a few test locations around town so they have been adding more chemicals and filtering to counter act it. I think I'd just prefer to be pro-active about and treat it locally.
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I'm just guessing, but I would also say that the amount of flouride you get in the toothpaste products is pretty minimal, since they don't want to over-dose people on it. It was pretty common practice for people in FL on well to use those special flouride rinse products to ensure you were getting enough.
That's interesting info, but whether it's truly necessary is another question. You only need a little flouride for it to be effective, hence the professionally "prescribed" treatments in the dentist's office only last for a minute or so. Even OTC oral rinses have low amounts of flouride. Too much, on the other hand, can damage teeth and/or discolor them.

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Our town water here in Rowley, MA is... OK... I won't drink it, but I'll cook with it. I'm starting to seriously considering getting a whole house RO setup though.
If bacteria is a concern, then this may be a good option. However, if you are looking to eliminate water problems such as odor (caused by either iron bacteria or sulfer) then a softener with a specialized resin or an additional unit with specialized resin may be cheaper. Too get enough flow for a typical household, the RO unit is big and costly.

Water quality is a HUGE business. Just be sure you make educated decisions and don't like all those water-quality salesman/rapists steer you in a direction you don't need to go!
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I grew up with city tap water in Minneapolis and every spring the water would smell like dead fish from the Mississippi River thawing out.
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I had well water for the first 20 years of my life and it freaking sucked! All our sinks and tubs get stained even with rust removers. I moved to Duluth to go to school and the city water is pulled out of Lake Superior. The lake water is the best water I have ever had. Anyone who comes up here agrees.

Edit: ^^^ Haha it was like that last week. Every year they say "it's perfectly fine to drink" Yea umm no thanks...
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Oddly enough downtown Chicago water's pretty good. I can see the intakes a mile or so out in Lake Michigan from my window. Still, nothing beats the tap water in Aurora, Colorado.
The tap water seems pretty good here. Most of the problems you get, I think, are from running it through crappy plumbing in old apt buildings. I've never had to deal with it smelling bad unless I tried to drink from one of the forest preserve pumps when I was a kid.

The only place I know that had a distinctly different taste in its tap water was NYC. Not necessarily bad, but different. Something weird about it.
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The only place I know that had a distinctly different taste in its tap water was NYC. Not necessarily bad, but different. Something weird about it.
That's because of Jimmy Hoffa's rotting corpse stuck in an intake pipe somewhere.

EDIT: I assumed Mr. Hoffa's body might be stuck in an intake pipe. This statement is without merit as upon review of Wikipedia states that he was last seen near Detroit. Therefore, perhaps through the St. Lawrence Seaway, his body traveled downstream and eventually into an intake pipe near New York City that supplies Lambtor's faucet.

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Depends on the well. Ours is spring fed and the water from our tap tastes as good or better than bottled spring water.
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