Re: Water Chemistry

>At Steve's suggestion, I'm trying to pick out test kits for my well water.
>I guess I should get phosphate, copper, iron, and nitrate.  I find the
>array of choices dizzying.  For instance with copper, do I want one that
>measures chelated or non-chelated copper or both?  Do I want one that is
>"catalysis based"?  The FAQs I've found haven't been entirely helpful on
>issues like these.
>If anyone wants to share their bang/buck thoughts on test kits privately,
>I'd be grateful.

I'd have a complete and thorough analysis of your well water done first.
Then I'd make a decision as to what kits to get. A hobby test kit is no
substitute for lab work, especially if you plan on drinking the stuff.
Local officials might be able to tell you how stable those values are
likely to be with the change of seasons. Just my opinion -I've never
lived in the country.

Dave Whittaker                       ac554 at FreeNet_Carleton.CA
Gloucester, Ontario                  dwhitt at magmacom_com