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Turquoise water

Post: #270433 Annemieke
Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:13 pm

We get our water from a spring. Underneath the taps, our bath has turned a beautiful turquoise over the years. What mineral might cause this?
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Re: Turquoise water

Post: #270436 GeorgeSalt
Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:32 pm

Could be copper - it forms a greeny-blue verdigris on oxidation, and a number of different shades of blue as compounds with other elements.
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Re: Turquoise water

Post: #270443 diggernotdreamer
Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:12 pm

My nanny had this in her bath in the 60's. Is this caused by the water itself or the taps? If there is copper in the water I wonder if you would taste it, have you ever had your water tested? we have spring water which is a new thing to me, we just used to get water that had been through 10 other people. it sometimes goes brown which we now believe to be peat from the bog down the bottom of our land

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Re: Turquoise water

Post: #270452 marshlander
Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:07 am

Yes, I immediately thought copper too!
Yours is presumeably from the spring rather than new pipes. "Copper occurs naturally in foods and the environment. In drinking water copper arises mostly as a result of copper pipes and fittings in household plumbing. This is especially true of new pipework where copper can result in blue or green staining of bathroom fittings and impart a sharp taste to water. This problem usually disappears after a short time." Source http://www.wessexwater.co.uk/water-and- ... px?id=1346

Also says safe limit 2mg per litre

You can easily buy a test kit. Fleabay etc

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Post: #270503 GeorgeSalt
Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:42 pm

I wouldn't test drinking water with a cheap Ebay kit, if you want to test yourself get one from Salifert. However, for drinking water from a spring I would personally get a laboratory test done. I think the water companies will still analyse spring water against a full panel (for a fee).
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Post: #270507 marshlander
Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:25 am

Do fees vary depending on Water board - Anglian didn't charge us last time although the man did say they might. I haven't looked in detail at any tests advertised, just saw they were available.
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Re: Turquoise water

Post: #270511 GeorgeSalt
Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:17 am

Wessex Water (local to Annemeike) don't advertise their charges, but have a page for private water source analysys - link.
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Re: Turquoise water

Post: #270524 Annemieke
Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:59 pm

We had it tested by Wessex water about twenty years ago. The main trouble was, of course, nitrate: it was borderline then, won't be any better by now ...
However, we like our water as it is. We tried some purifiers but can't really be bothered. It tastes so much better than the mains.
I expect everyone is right, it must be copper. Well, since my cancer treatment/malabsorption I have to take a copper supplement as well as many others, and if I don't take enough copper, I know it all right! So the amount we get via the water can't be too bad.
Thanks for all your answers - only just saw them, have been busy with xmas and things.
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Re: Turquoise water

Post: #270544 doofaloofa
Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:03 am

If it is copper maybe you can spray your spuds with it for blight?
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