Flammable Tap Water Ignites Concern In Hudson Colorado

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  1. Peace macrumors Core

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    Here's one for the environmental books. Unbelievable !!


    HUDSON, Colo. -- Hudson resident Renee McClure said she couldn't believe it when her son turned on the kitchen faucet then held a cigarette lighter next to the running water.
    The water ignited.

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/18998652/detail.html
     
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    Haha, good point.

    That is pretty worrying. What are the water treatment facilities like in the US in general?
     
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    Not going to say that they are absolutely the best but adding something flammable to the water is not standard practice, at least that I know of in Arizona... That's crazy...
     
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    I liked the last quote in the article about using the water to put out small kitchen fires - as those are likely to be grease fires anyways, and not amenable to any water - flammable or not.

    I wonder how common methane seepage is in water systems?
     
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    I would bet that it has something to do with a gas line running through the water, and not something toxic in the water supply.
     
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    Why would anyone hold a lighter and ignite it that close to running water to begin with? :D

    It's rather unsettling. I used to volunteer at a water testing facility (microbiology department) and after doing that for about 4 years, never ever EVER wanted to EVER drink or touch any kind of water ever again.

    (obviously, I'm over it) ;)
     
  9. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    It's methane gas; the water is not compromised.

    Extremely good.
     
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    OK, I am curious now. Please do tell! :eek:
     
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    One of the testing sites we collected water from was a stream from a sewage treatment plant (presumably after the water had been treated and was ready for release back into the environment). The E. coli levels exceeded the threshold for a safe swimming body of water, not to mention drinking. :eek:
     
  12. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    I just tried it with a lighter and my water didn't ignite, but it didn't put out the flame either. A lot of the time our tap water smells like chlorine.
     
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    Here they have a free source of heat and power and they are complaining. :p
     
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    He turned off the tap.

    He must have bunsen burner experience, in Lab at school.
     

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