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Melbourne, Australia

Ruta G.,City West Water Ltd
Water | Year: 2010

On occasion water authorities are asked to investigate the source of water seepage/accumulations within properties. Historically, fluoride tests of seepage water have been undertaken to assist. The general assumption being that, where water fluoridation is practiced, seepages containing fluoride are likely to be mains water or sewage, and vice versa. However, most test results are inconclusive in terms of the fluoride levels detected. This study looks at water/soil interactions with respect to fluoride levels and offers an explanation for the often perplexing fluoride levels found in samples. An extension to current fluoride testing of seepages is proposed that may assist in clarifying observations and likely source(s) of seepages.

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