MARK Bratjman’s “Well quality query” caught my eye because I’ve been living off stream and river water myself for several years.
Like Bratjman’s stream, our water is usually clear which allows for a simple, low-tech method of quality assurance which I’ve developed and am happy to share.
I pour about 500ml into a glass container with good optical properties, hold it up to a strong light and focus closely on the water.
This normally reveals perhaps half a dozen tiny little goggas wriggling and thrashing around in a merry whirl like a bunch of New-agers at an all-night rave.
If the activity is consistently energetic then I reckon that the water must be good to drink or they wouldn’t be so happy in it. Tired, listless, moribund specimens are an indication of sub-standard water which I store separately for visitors I don’t like. Stephen Pain Riversdale