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The Spigot on a Rural Water Hydrant

Rural Water HydrantFarmers, acreage owners and even visitors to our state parks depend on outdoor water hydrants (photo) for sources of clean, dependable drinking water for animals, plants and humans.

Did you know that all water from natural sources contains dissolved substances? These substances are often called contaminants, especially when the amounts present are at possibly harmful or problem levels. The substances present in water can result from either natural processes or human activities.

At low concentrations, many contaminants do not cause known harmful effects and may, in fact, be beneficial. Research has shown some substances may be harmful only when present at high enough concentrations.

The only way to know if the water you use contains potentially harmful substances is to have it tested. This testing determines what substances are present and their concentration levels.

Here are some resources to help you learn more about water and water quality:

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Go here for the answerThis Can You Guess It?? photo appears in the March 2005 Nebline Newsletter.




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