I keep finding pink colored stuff in the sinks and my cat's water
bowl. I can't see them unless I empty the water and rub the sink and
bowl with a white cloth. I don't know what the stuff is. I do know
that I have hard water and I use water softener pellets but I don't
know if that has anything to do with it. Oh and I have well water. Any
ideas on what this stuff is?
That's pretty common in my area and is caused by iron in the water. I have
a simple "whole house" water filter in our pump house that stops the
majority of it, but a little still sneaks by. The filter is usually a dark
reddish/brown by the time I change it.
In any case, you may want to have your water tested just to be safe. Most
companies who are trying to sell water softeners and whatnot will test your
water for free (for minerals). But, you probably should have a lab test for
bacteria and other contaminants that could make you sick. Our county health
department will perform these tests for a small fee.
Could be... The only way to know for sure is to have your water tested...
A matter of perception. I'm not talking hot pink here, but our tubs and
toilets show a pinkish tint from the iron in the water. I suppose if I want
to get technical about it, it's actually a light reddish brown. But, it
looks pink to me... Ha. Ha.
On 29 Nov 2003 21:38:27 -0800, email@example.com (Mike) wrote:
I used to think it was a kind of mold, but recently learned that it is
more likely a common bacterium called Serratia marcescens. Bleach
kills it. It's all around us, found in soil, water, on plants and in
animals, and is one of the most common microbes, so there's not much
to be done about it otherwise.
This is correct. It is (usually) not visible in the water, colonies attach
to the water bowl, usually under the water and it must be wiped off; it
doesn't leave by pouring the water out of the container. But now it sounds
as if the story is changing.... either to pink water or caused by iron. Iron
does not cause pink water. It does cause from tan/yellow to orangish rusty
and to dark brown though. A greensand iron filter regenerated with potassium
permanganate (poison) and not working correctly can cause pink water. That
water should never be ingested.
Quality Water Associates
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