Watch Your Water By George Giltner, Adv. Master Gardener

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Watch Your Water

By George Giltner, Adv. Master Gardener

Detrimental substances to plants and animals are may be found in tap water.  Therefore it is wise to “Know your Water” as many bumper stickers are seen while traveling.  The severity of these problems vary from mild diarrhea (usually due to bacteria or sulfate compounds) to extreme cancer risks like the Camp Lejeune area where approximately 1 million Marines and family members drank and bathed in water with toxins at concentrations up to 3400 times permitted safety levels (1953-1985).  On the Ag side, plant toxins from water reduce yields to destroy crops like high sodium irrigation water.  Tap water with a high pH (alkaline) reacts with acid pesticides making them ineffective.

So, how does one “Watch Water”?  Obtain the analytical results of your tap water supplied by the La. Department of Health and Hospitals .  A CD Rom can be obtained…

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