What's Happening to Our Water?
What's happening to our water?
Water is produced by nature. In clouds, the accumulated moisture is soft and clean.
But once it starts to fall as rain or snow, it washes the air and can pick up impurities in the atmosphere. This is the cause of the acid rain problem we have today.
When it reaches the ground, it can come in contact with additional impurities. Then it percolates into the earth; it may dissolve various elements which add calcium, magnesium, iron, etc. into the water.
The water continues its journey until it enters your home.
Then, after you use it, the water evaporates and begins the cycle all over again.
If your water comes from the Public Water Supply
- The water leaves the filtration plant and travels hundreds of miles under the street until it gets to peoples homes. Sometimes the plumbing is very old, has cracks and “stuff” can get into the water.
- They do the best they can providing aesthetically inoffensive water not likely to cause any immediate health problems.
- However, 90% of the water goes to lawns, parks, industry, fire fighting, commercial and other uses.
- Only 10% of the water actually goes to your home.
- Only one half of a percent (0.5%) is used for cooking or drinking.
- When they flush fire hydrants sometimes the stuff that is in the pipes gets into our houses but in much larger quantities over a much shorter time.
- Their responsibility is to monitor and control the water so that it does not contain greater amounts of contaminant levels than allowed by the EPA.
- Their responsibility is not to make the water the cleanest it can be.
- If money were not an issue the maximum contaminant level goal would be zero, wouldn’t it?
If your water comes from your Private Water Supply
- The Clean Water Act was established in the early 80’s for people who get their water from municipal water supplies. It’s purpose was to set the maximum contaminant levels in water
- Since your water comes from a private well it’s your sole responsibility for the quality of your water. Isn’t that right?