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Iron bugs - bigbumble
April 17th, 2007
08:22 am


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Iron bugs
Had a discussion about a soil remediation project at work yesterday. I learned that metallic iron is very good at removing chlorinated organics from ground water. It reacts directly with the chlorine and helps the microbes eat the stuff as well. It brings a whole new meaning to "pumping iron". I can just imagine millions of soil bacteria with little bulging muscles.

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Date:April 18th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
Our 127-year-old former-one-room-schoolhouse's wellwater is loaded with iron and sulfur. We get the variety of water softener salt that has the iron fighter, but the bag's label says that it's incompatible with chlorine bleach. Rather explosively, since plumbing pipes are involved. I haven't bought Clorox for the house since we moved here, just Vivd.

On the other hand, if I eat our home-grown vegetables watered with the pre-softener water tap, I'm pretty sure I won't get anemia again.
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Date:April 19th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
Soil organisms (macro and micro) are our friends! :)
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