Why it may be your water that’s making you run for the toilet…
When you find yourself with the thunder down under one of the last places you may think to look for the cause of the problem would be your water. Though, if you don’t have an answer for your troubled stomach, it’s a good place to look. There are many reasons people find themselves afflicted with “The Diarrhea” and sometimes that reason is your water. Here is one possible (albeit rare) cause for the grumbling gastrointestinal discomfort that is, Diarrhea.
Cool name… shitty virus (pun painfully intended). The rotavirus is found ALL over the United States and across the world. Over 3 million cases of rotavirus gastroenteritis occur annually in the U.S. alone. One of it’s main symptoms, as you can guess, is diarrhea. Other symptoms include vomiting, fever and dehydration. Yes. Water causing dehydration is the definition of irony. The rotavirus comes from infected feces… gross, we know. So, what’s infected feces (poop for those with a childish sense of humor, yours truly included) doing in your drinking water? Good question. VERY good question. Feces finds its way into drinking water more then you’d care to know and not all of it is broadcasting it’s presence by giving you diarrhea. If you have nitrates in your water, there’s a good chance you have feces in your water as well, more on that in later blogs. Feces can make its way into private wells through sewage overflow, polluted storm water runoff, sewage systems that aren’t working properly and animal farms (any farms upstream from you?).
Great, you’re thinking, there’s poop in my water.
Not only that, it’s infected with the rotavirus, our resident diarrhea inducing nemesis. Not all cases of the rotavirus are caused from contaminated water, but some are and we can help with those. The rotavirus can be extremely dangerous for children and if suspect you may have water contaminated with the rotavirus, then you need to address that right away. We’d recommend treating it the same as if we were treating e-coli or coliform. This is fool proof and will give you the piece of mind knowing the virus has been taken care of. The first step would be to find out your flow rate. Once we have the flow rate we can give you a proper recommendation. For example, lets say your flow rate was 12 gallons per minute, our recommendation would be:
First inline: A chlorine injection system. This pump would wire into your pressure switch on the pressure tank. When your well pump turns on, this feed system would turn on and inject a small solution of chlorine into a “tee” between the well pump and pressure tank. Next the water would go into retention tanks, this would give the proper contact time. This is where the flow rate comes into the equation. For every gallon per minute of flow, 20 minutes of retention is required. This would mean for every 6 gallons per minute of flow rate, a 120 gallon retention tank would be needed. The example above with a 12 gallon per minute flow rate, the person would need two 120 gallon retention tanks.
Once the water’s been treated for the virus we’d recommend carbon filtration or a Terminox ISM which requires no maintenance and unlike carbon, does not work on absorption and won’t need replaced as often.
If you think you or someone you know may have been infected with the rotavirus seek medical attention immediately.
-Water Filtration Wizard