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    Yes, filtered water will make a good back up. Boiled water and spring water are accidents waiting to happen b/c they are too high in minerals.

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    How about boiling water, filtering it, then boiling it again ? Would this be ok to use on a regular basis ? (I use rain water at the moment, but it is very tedious putting buckets out every time it rains).

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    Boiling is just a bad thing. I think all boiling is good for is removing chlorine from your water (not even sure about that). Minerals are actually concentrated by boiling the water.

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    Dave, you could try using water from a river or stream. There is a risk involved if your bedrock is very alkaline, or the water isn't very clean, but I've always used water from the stream at the bottom of my garden. You could make a trip to a river, fill up some bottles and test it on one of your plants.

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    Hi Dave,
    Getting the right water is the most common headache when growing CP especially when we get long dry spells in the UK.
    Looking at B&Q the other day, they sell good quality water butts and rainwater diverters for quite low prices. That way all the plants (not just CPS) will benefit. Not only that, rainwater is acidic due to cabon dioxide content picked up which makes it really a weak carbolic acid solution...great for CP with a pH of 5.5!

    The amount of hassle, worry etc you would save will far outweight the outlay in the long run....

    Ask Richard UK what lengths I have gone to make sure my collection has enough rainwater!

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    Thanks for the advice. So its either a water butt or water from my local river. Any method to determine whether the river water is acidic ? And is it possible that river water could contain lime also ?

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    You could try buying a pH testing kit from a garden centre.

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    I've used PH testers in the past, but they are made to test the soil's ph right ? So surely its not possible to test water's PH using it ? Is it ?

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