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I've been watering my tomatoes with river water; are they safe to eat?


  • We use ours. But ours  comes straight from Welsh hills. Where is yours? 
    Beautiful North Wales - hiraeth
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989
    edited August 2022
    If you've been pouring the water over the fruit, rather than on the ground, then I'd wash the fruit before eating them ... but if the water hasn't killed the plants it's unlikely to have any nasties in that would travel from the soil to the fruit.  I'd eat them.  

    Growing up on a farm we used to water the veg garden with water from the duck pond ... I bet that was mankier than 'your' river ... 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Unlike an animal (hello oysters) a plant is a 100% efficient filter or convertor of nasties into edible goodness so you have no worries.
    If it wasn't we'd be eating fruit & veg laced with chemicals, poo and Lord knows what else.
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    I wouldn't want to be swimming in our rivers after reading about all the sewage that's being dumped in them this year 🤬 Probably great for edibles though!
  • Thank you for the helpful and re-assuring comments.  I'm hoping this will reach all of you who kindly responded to my query - I'm new to the forum and a bit of a Luddite.  
  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,268
    You are not a Luddite the only way to learn is to ask questions.Welcome to the place to do just that .
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