A List Of Water Authorities

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A List Of Water Authorities

Postby estgeorge » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:33 pm

This is a list of UK Water Authorities. When keeping fish, it is a good idea to have an understanding of the water chemistry in your area… you don’t have to be a scientist (I most certainly am not!!), but a general understanding is useful, especially if keeping a planted Aquarium. Most Water Authorities have a section of their website dedicated to water quality and if not, an email to their customer services department should get you a helpful response…

Anglian Water
Bournemouth and West Hampshire
Bristol Water
Cambridge Water
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Essex and Suffolk Water
Northumbrian Water
Portsmouth Water
Severn Trent Water
South East Water
South Staffordshire Water
South West Water Services
Southern Water Services
Sutton and East Surrey Water
Tendring Hundred Water Services
Thames Water Utilities
Three Valleys Water
United Utilities
Wessex Water Services
Yorkshire Water Services

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Postby Apistogramma » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:42 pm

I've stickied this in here as I think it might prove useful to people keeping planted tanks.

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Postby alip01 » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:54 pm

Could be useful :wink:
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Postby shazadh » Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:10 pm

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Postby Adamaki » Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:37 pm

That's not a list of UK water authorities, it's a list of English and Welsh water authorities! Us Scots left out again! :(
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Postby johnny5 » Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:52 am

For my area (Hyde, Cheshire) it says my water is very soft. What exactly is that telling me regards to the quality?
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Postby san-ho-zay » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:08 am

When the water authorities talk about water quality it's about drinking water. So their overall "quality" measurements cover all sorts of stuff that we are interested in as consumers but, assuming it's safe to drink, we'd then focus on a subset of the measurements for aquarium purposes:

Ammonia/Nitrite: These are usually at trace levels in drinking water. If not, it's a problem.

Nitrate: Can be quite high, which makes keeping aquarium levels down difficult. May be justification for not adding nitrate as a food in a planted tank.

Phosphate: Not often shown. Doesn't cause algae, contrary to popular belief. May result in unexpectedly stable pH if pH buffers are the source of the phosphate.

Hardness: Affects the suitability of the water for certain fish. Many tropical fish are soft water, e.g. barbs, tetras, danios, discus. Some prefer harder water like livebearers. Some, like Malawis need very hard water. It's easier to raise than to lower. Lowering tends to involve using pure (RO) water to dilute the hardness.

pH: Related to hardness. Hard water has a high pH, around 8+. Soft water would be nearer 7. They don't usually let the supply get acidic because of pipe corrosion and may use buffers.

For Hyde, does it say the source of your water? Is it from Haweswater?
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Postby johnny5 » Sat Jun 13, 2009 6:31 am

sorry i forgot where i posted this!!
it says godley hills, which i know godley isnt too far away from me. If my ph differs when i do a water change, how can i keep it relatively stable?
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Postby grayceworks » Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:46 am

that's where the test results of your tap water 24-48 hours after sitting out can be helpful. That will tell if the problem is in your water, or if there's something in your tank causing the ph drop.

Need to know that before we can give specific advice. ;)
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Postby chumpy1972 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:07 am

This is a great resource

Just found out that the water from the area where I live has quite high Nitrate levels in already. I guess once my new tank has cycled I may have to keep an eye on this and not feed plants too heavily.
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Postby markjay50 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:43 pm

how can i keep it relatively stable?

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Postby Carylnz » Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:15 am

Keep what stable? :?
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Postby csquadqb17 » Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:12 pm

I think its a scammer. Look at the signature
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Postby theknight » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:35 am

this is just amazingly informative thread.. thanks a lot buddy for this useful information stuff.... :innocent:
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