Monday, October 4, 2010


Today I am driving to pick up bottles that I will fill up with water taken from various sources around our house. I will then take these bottles back to our county's health department so that our water might be professionally tested for heavy metals and other toxins. We are reasonably sure that our water is contaminated with one or more substances that are not meant to be consumed by humans. It comes from a well that may actually be located underneath the building, which means that it would be almost impossible for our landlord to fix in a timely and cost-effective way. Fortunately, our lease contains a clause that allows us to move out without a penalty if serious health concerns are discovered, and we already have one of those, more-or-less, with a basement mold situation.

Leaving our current house would obviously require us to find a new place. In the midst of all sorts of instability that is par for the course in the life of a recent college grad, this turn of events is disheartening, to put it lightly. Who knows what good might come out of moving into a more health-friendly environment, but from the perspective of this point in time, things are looking a little glum. I have to say, though, I won't be missing the brown recluse spiders.

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