Tap water concerns - Very High Nitrates & PH

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So while I was doing a water test tonight, I decided to check my tap water so I knew what I was working with. I did this at first when I first started the tank, but have noticed PH and Nitrates a little higher than usual so figured I had better check... SO I pull some vials of tap just like I would for tanks, and the results are concerning because they weren't this way 4 months ago!! Mind you, I did not treat the tap water with Prime like I would've for tanks. Here are the results. let me know if I should be concerned or if it is normal due to weather change??

(Low Range)PH = Off the charts, was a Royal Blue
(High Range)PH = Off the charts, was Dark Purple, say 8.8??
Ammonia = 0.0ppm
Nitrites = 0.0ppm
Nitrates = 80ppm

The Nitrates are what concern me.... I already battle Nitrates, is there any way to reduce the Nitrates before going in the tank?? I am thinking with this water supply my automatic water changer is pointless because the tanks will consistently be at 80ppm because the tap water will cause it to maintain the high reading, correct??
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Is this well water with Spring run-off, or near farmland? If it's city water, that is WAY over the legal limit, and I would be screaming in City Hall's ear right away.


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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Tap water concerns - Very High Nitrates & PH

WOW.....I hope you don't drink that stuff.

I also wouldn't keep Oscars w/ that PH...that's Lake Tanganyika!!!

Other than some sort of chemical filtration/treatment, I'm not sure what you can do to get that down to safe limits...that's over 80X the legal limit....but here are the EPA regulations for municipal H2O:

water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/nitrate.cfm

If you live in a municipality, you better contact them ASAP. Your water is absolutely not safe for human consumption.

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Rocksor replied the topic: Tap water concerns - Very High Nitrates & PH

test the ph of the tap water after it has been sitting out for 24 hours. Put an air stone in it if you can.
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Update:

Woke up this morning and tested everything again, and here are the results of the 2 tanks I did WC(75%) to yesterday & tap water:
***Yesterday's results next to it***
Tank #1:
PH = 7.6 (8.2 - usually 7.4)
Ammo = 0.0 - always same
Nitrite = 0.0 - always same
Nitrate = 30 (80 ppm - thus why I knew something was wrong, never that high after WC)

Tank #2:
PH = 7.8 (Off the charts last night, was the last tank I did)
Ammo = 0.0 - always same
Nitrite = 0.0 - always same
Nitrates = 30 (80 ppm last night)

Tap water: (This is where I am stumped, why did it swing up and back down so bad and quickly??)
PH = Off the charts (Low Range is Royal Blue and High Range is Purple - so... 8.8???)
Ammo = 0.0
Nitrites = 0.0
Nitrates = 10 ppm (Why was this 80ppm and now 10ppm 12 hours later??)

Could this be an issue with my hot water tank you think?? Maybe when it gets so low I am drawing something bad??? I can live with the PH stabilizing, I will just start aging water in barrels, but the nitrates has me concerned regarding human consumption as well... I am stumped here, and fish are still not acting right but getting slowly better....
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Do you live in a municipality, or do you rely on well water?

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Over-priced city water....
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Rocksor replied the topic: Tap water concerns - Very High Nitrates & PH

I bet there was too much zinc particulates in your initial test. You have to be shaking bottle number 2 of the nitrate test for 2 minutes if you do not test every 7 days.
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