(1) Disinfection of water from each well using Calcium Hypochorite at a dosage range of 1.00 to 1.60 mg/l. NC Public Water supply requires a minimum of .20 mg/l of Free Chlorine at all points in the system to ensure safety against any microbial contaminants. Maximum dosage is 4.00 mg/l,
(2) Well water has a natural pH (Acid or alkaline value) 6.00 or below. Without adjustment the water could become very corrosive and attack or corrode metal pipes and facilities. To limit this corrosion we adjust the pH of our water using Sodium Carbonate (Soda Ash). We seek a pH of 7.00 to 7.80.
(3) Pinebluff water also adds a corrosion inhibitor to further control corrosion and prevent Lead and Copper issues (due to corrision of copper and metal pipe components). Our target feed rate (is 1.00 mg/l.
We analyze the water at each well site using the above parameters plus we collect 5 samples per week through the water distribution system.
WHAT IS THE PINK STUFF?
-Serratia Marcescens (pink stuff) is a common species of bacteria that occurs naturally throughout the environment, appearing more frequently in humid conditions.
-this bacterium is thought to be the source of pine residue often found on bathroom fixtures, including the sink, shower, and along the water line of the toilet bowl.
-While testing to determine the exact nature of this pink-colored growth would be costly and time-consuming, scientists and laboratory analysts have concluded it is the bacteria species Serratia Marcescens.
-Serratia Marcescens can survive in even nominal conditions, often feeding upon itself in the absences of other nutrients. It thrives in the moist, dark conditions often found in bathrooms.
-Since this bacterium is prevalent in dusty conditions, it will oftentimes appear during construction or renovation when dust and airborne particles are stirred up.
-Serratia Marcescens is not an indicator of poor water quality in the distrution system. Rather, the residue is thought to result from airborne bacteria and is also affected by a homeowner's cleaning habits.
- There are several methods that homeowners can use to control the development of this pink residue. products containing chlorine, such as common household bleach, will both remove and control the proliferation S. Marcescens. Also, keep bathroom fixtures dry and free of standing water, paying special attention to the rim underneath the toilet.