A Clean Water Report

When turning on the kitchen faucet and quenching your thirst you probably aren’t thinking about where the water came from, what cleaning processes it went through and how it finally reached your faucet.  Each drop of tap water goes through extensive purification processes and water suppliers need to be constantly vigilant about potential contaminants that could harm human health.

It is essential to understand where your water is coming from in order to know the cleaning process it needs while also realizing what practices and chemicals could potentially contaminate it.

 In the United States we are fortunate enough to have a generally clean water supply with great sanitation methods compared to other nations.  The exact type of sanitation process your water goes through depends on where it is coming from.  For example, surface water requires significantly more cleaning than ground water because it is exposed to rain and runoff which all can add more contaminants.   

Constant vigilance of the water provider is needed to keep water clean and safe. Examples of potential contamination include the following: human and animal activities or naturally occurring processes.  For example, landfills, animal waste, pesticides, industrial wastes and household wastes are a few major ways our drinking water can become contaminated through human and animal activities.   Radionuclides, nitrates and heavy metal can also seep into our drinking water by means of natural processes.  If water supplies do become contaminated or are not cleaned properly it could cause significant health complications if consumed.

What can you do?  Remember to never pour harsh chemicals or motor oil down the drain.  Take these items to designated drop-off points. Together we can make s difference in keeping out water supply contaminant free.

Source: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/wot/pdfs/book_waterontap_full.pdf




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