In <EjPua.76594$cO3.4994257 at bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net> G.M.
> 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