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Contaminated water bottled & Sold by Safeway

John Gentile yjgent at cox.net
Fri May 9 21:27:43 EST 2003

In <EjPua.76594$cO3.4994257 at bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net> G.M.
Voeth wrote:
> If you can not answer this question with some possible
> scientific names then please do not answer my news-threads.
> I am trying to get scientific names for the organism that
> this could be so that I can look up more about it.

There are thousands of possibilities that would be impossible for anyone 
here to venture a guess. The identity of a microorganism is based on 
culturing and observing the organism, using biochemical tests and 
microscopic exams. The terms "fluffy white cottony growth" don't give 
any scientific clues. 

If you are concerned, call your local health department and see if they 
would test the water to see what is growing.

For your personal use, I would recommend a good quality filter - 
preferably a multistage one that includes an activated charcoal filter 
and a .2 micron filter capable of removing most microorganisms. I bought 
a reverse osmosis filter that went on my counter and produced 1 gallon 
of very good quality water out of every 17 gallons of tap water. The 
unit cost about $300 (US) and the charcoal and bacterial filter needed 
to be replaced yearly ($75 each) and the RO filter every other year (
$125). I stopped using it after a couple of years.

Filtering your own water is actually a lot cheaper than buying someone 
else's bottles. 


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