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Our water tests
We get our water from a very deep and old aquifer, there is no commercial farming, but we do show traces of glyphosate, 2, 4-D, picloram and much more. How did it get into our aquifer?
September 1, 2015
12:15 am
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Christine
Near Meadview, between Lake Mead and Grand Canyon West (Skywalk)
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Here is the alphabetical listing of ALL wells in Mohave County as well as muni water supplies:

http://azsdwis.azdeq.gov/DWW_E.....nty=Mohave

The Joshua Valley Water Company -- the Meadview water utlility.  You can see the list of facilities such as tanks, etc. Other links show violations and corrective actions. 

Apparently they do not test for chlorine and I don't know whether they add chlorine or chloramine to the Meadview city water.  Dr. Weil's explanation of the difference.  If we ever have a few hundred extra dollars, we'll get the Berkey water filter from Azure Standard as several co-op members bought it and they are very happy with it.

Apparently no tests for copper and lead have been done since 2011.  Probably because they don't use lead or copper pipes, but I'm just guessing.

Bacteriological  samples are apparently tested for coliform monthly for all public wells. 

One of the more interesting reports is for NITRATE, most recently at 3.5 MG/L with a maximum of 10 MG/L allowed.

At sampling point 3 Nitrate was only 1.1 MG/L, wonder why that is and where that is. 

I read in a comprehensive water report (will post it once I find it again) that septic tanks are suspected of causing the relatively high nitrate.

RadiumNITRATE-NITRITEAROCLOR (PCB mixtures), chemicals I don't know, Arsenic - Fluoride - Mercury - Salt and much more:

1052 SODIUM 09-17-2013 EPDS005       31  MG/L 3000MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015

That's important for gardeners and 31 MG/L is not bad, although I have nothing to compare it to.

A lot more chemicals I know nothing about, Asbestos:

1094 ASBESTOS 09-17-2013 EPDS001 < MRL 1.28 MFL   7MFL 01-01-2013
12-31-2021

And finally, herbicides and other chemicals.

2063 2,3,7,8-TCDD 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MDL .000000005 MG/L   .00000003MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2110 2,4,5-TP 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MDL .0002 MG/L   .05MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2105 2,4-D 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MRL .0001    .07MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2050 ATRAZINE 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MRL .00005 MG/L   .003MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2306 BENZO(A)PYRENE 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MRL .00002 MG/L   .0002MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2046 CARBOFURAN 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MRL .0005 MG/L   .04MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2031 DALAPON 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MDL .001 MG/L   .2MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2035 DI(2-ETHYLHEXYL) ADIPATE 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MDL .0006 MG/L   .4MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2039 DI(2-ETHYLHEXYL) PHTHALATE 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MDL .0006 MG/L   .006MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2041 DINOSEB 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MDL .0002 MG/L   .007MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2032 DIQUAT 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MDL .0004 MG/L   .02MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2033 ENDOTHALL 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MRL .005 MG/L   .1MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2034 GLYPHOSATE 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MDL .006 MG/L   .7MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2274 HEXACHLOROBENZENE 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MRL .00005 MG/L   .001MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2042 HEXACHLOROCYCLOPENTADIENE 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MRL .00005 MG/L   .05MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2036 OXAMYL 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MRL .0005 MG/L   .2MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2326 PENTACHLOROPHENOL 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MRL .00004 MG/L   .001MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2040 PICLORAM 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MDL .0001 MG/L   .5MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015
2037 SIMAZINE 09-17-2013 EPDS002 < MRL .00005 MG/L   .004MG/L 01-01-2013
12-31-2015

I marked the only herbicides I know about in RED.  

I'm shocked to see ANY detection at all. 

To my knowledge this area has never been commercially farmed (it's the DESERT and our aquifer is 600 feet down) and I have no idea how these chemicals ended up in our aquifer.  But I do know that I can't walk into the Home Depot garden department without having to breathe the stench of Roundup and other herbicides and pesticides.

While the detected levels are very low, I expected NO detection.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup.

2, 4-D is in the NEW version of Roundup, improved to kill glyphosate resistant super weeds and it also was in Agent Orange way back in Vietnam.

Picloram is an herbicide that can take 7 to 10 years to break down.  Entire gardens and landscapes have been destroyed after straw or hay sprayed with picloram was used to mulch.

I suppose the other chemicals are also herbicides, but I really don't know.   I've posted some more info at

http://highdesertfood.org/foru.....er-toxins/

I know that many people spray Roundup on weeds after the occasional wet spring, but I have no idea how 2, 4-D and Picloram got into our aquifer.

We're not on Meadview city water, we get our water from the Lake Mead City Community Co-op wells, mostly from Well #2.

The public well on Guardian is at High Desert Water Company.

All the wells get the water from the same aquifer, so the test results should be very similar. 

I sure wish the results were more comprehensive as it's really hard to find what you're looking for with all these different tests and it's easy to miss entire tests.

It took me years to find these water tests, so this is a good start. Still don't have the pH and I think I missed the test for minerals.

Dolan Springs residents and gardeners should have a look at Mt. Tipton Water Co and their other wells as Dolan is on a DIFFERENT aquifer.

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