Is your water giving you the runs?

Why it may be your water that’s making you run for the toilet…

Here’s the little poop maker (aka, the rotavirus) up close and personal…

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.


Horse Poop

One glass of water, hold the poop please…

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


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2 comments on “Is your water giving you the runs?
  1. Elizabeth Sawyer says:

    I live in a private owned mobile home park. They are changing from cespool to connecting to the city water. Every year workers dig up our roads and put in new pipes and big drain pipes. This has been going on for two summers now . Hopefully next summer they will be done.
    My problem is if I drink water I get a terrible case of diarrhea and then days followings I have very mushy stools. I’m afraid I will get sick if I don’t drink water but the days I do go without water I don’t get diarrhea. I have just had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. Everything is normal except a small polyp .
    I wish I could find out what’s happening here. I can’t take this diarrhea and runny stools everyday any longer.
    I would just like to mention I take a 2 billion cultures probiotic every day. Plus v-E, cod liver oil, omaga 3, and so on, every day.
    Thank you for all the help and suggestions you can offer me. Elizabeth.

    • Firstly, you may mean to say that they are changing from a water well to city water, and from a cesspool or septic system to the local sewer supply. You do not drink water from a cesspool normally. If you are concerned about the water being contaminated, you may want to consider drinking bottled water until you find out why you are getting ill. We are not doctors, so we are not allowed to give health advice, particularly to someone taking various pills and supplements. You can also test the water for e-coli and coliform for under $50, or you might call your local county health department and ask them to test the water for you. Sometimes they will do that for free. If they are switching over to city water, the simplest thing to do may be to drink bottled water until the new city water line is in. Also, if the well water you are on has sulfur in it, the sulfur is often an indication that there are sulfates in the water. If there are sulfates in the water, and you have a fair amount of magnesium and other dissolved solids in the water, this can cause a diarrhea effect in many people. So don’t drink it unless you can test it and then solve the problem if you find one. If you drink bottled water and the problem stops, then you know it is the drinking water or the pipes delivering the water in all likelihood. Please don’t hesitate to give a friendly water tech a call at 800-701-9914 for a quick discussion of this or any other situation. And please don’t worry, they do not work on commission, and they are not allowed to ask you to buy anything or pressure you in any way. And please don’t forget to like us on Facebook.
      Take care.

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