You turn on the tap and fresh, cold water comes pouring out. Clean water that you can drink, use to cook, and clean with. But have you ever wondered what is required to make that water so clean? Why is water treatment even necessary?
Water is the most abundant resource on earth. It exists on every continent and 72% of our planet is covered by it. Of that, though, only approximately 10% of the water supply is fresh and even potentially drinkable.
To make matters worse, much of the freshwater found in lakes, rivers, and aquifers are full of chemicals, garbage, and other pollutants making unfit for immediate consumption. Water is referred to as the universal solvent. This basically means that whatever it touches, it dissolves and absorbs.
In other words, when water flows over and through land that has contaminants, it brings them along for the ride. When pollutants are dumped into a body of water, they mix in with the water molecules. When it rains to the ground, it dissolves the air molecules it touches. Gasses and particulate matter like ammonia, carbon monoxide, and methane are all combined into a solution that looks a lot like water-but is a far more potent cocktail.
Because water does dissolve everything it touches, it is important to treat it before we consume it.
Luckily, for those of us who live in North Florida and obtain our water from the Floridian Aquifer, water has the ability to “self-cleanse”. As it passes through the porous limestone that makes up much of Florida’s ground layer, it is filtered (somewhat) and leaves behind many of its contaminants.
Despite this fact, tap water often still needs treatment before it is safe to drink. While the ground layer will help remove some contaminants, it won’t remove them all. Treated water will not contain any harmful substances. Furthermore, the consequences of industrial and agricultural ground contamination have had far-reaching effects and it’s likely that your drinking water may come in contact with more contaminants along its journey.
Water can be purified in a variety of ways and strongly depends upon the composition and quality of your water. Typically, water treatment contains two steps:
1. The physical removal of particles like minerals and organic matter
2. The purification or killing of microorganisms through chemical or non-chemical methods.
The team at Perry’s Pump Repair has been focusing on your family’s water safety for over 30 years. We are experts at providing you and your family with safe drinking water.
If you are questioning the safety of your water, or if your water has become cloudy or developed an odd taste/smell, choose a business that is trusted throughout Florida for water treatment selection and installation. Call Perry’s today for a free water test and we will help you determine the perfect solution for your needs and even offer to finance well-qualified buyers.