You drink water every day. You use the same water for cooking and doing many other things. But have you ever taken the time to think about how water gets from the original source to your faucet? Well, you may say some pipping are done so that water gets to your facets. While that is true, there is more to that. This post takes you through the entire process. Ready to learn more? Let’s get started.
Where it all starts
About 73% of the earth surface is water. That simply means the water supply is unlimited. But here is the thing, only 2.5% is drinkable water. The remaining percentage is not. Drinkable water, also known as potable and which pours from our facets comes from two sources. That is surface water and groundwater.
Surface water comes from non-saline water sources such as ponds, streams, and lakes. Groundwater, on the other hand, originates deep underground in veins known as aquifers. For groundwater to be accessed, drilling and pumping are two steps that must take place with drilling starting then pumping.
From the source (either surface or ground) water goes through the same process once it is pumped to a storage basin. See the steps below for more information:
The water is checked for safety. In case there are any contaminants present, the water will not move on to the next step.
Once it’s been determined that the water supply is safe, it is treated for impurities.
After treatment, water is filtered several times to make sure that it is pure.
Eventually, the water is stored in a reservoir. From there, it is pumped through the water mains and into your home.
While potable water may be safe to use, it is not necessarily healthy. This is because of elements such as chlorine and fluoride that are added to water. These chemicals can hurt us despite having some benefits.
Besides, even after removing them through water filtration, still, natural water contains harsh minerals that can damage the skin, hair, appliances that use water and plumbing.
Basically, the best solution to safer water is by using water filtration systems and water softeners.