Posted on: November 14, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Plumbing
Water treatment systems are a relatively recent addition in the homes of many people. The amount of publicity about levels of contaminants in household water systems has increased, particularly in the last decade. Now, homeowners and renters alike are choosing to ensure that the water they use to drink, cook and bathe in is free from contamination.
This video covers different methods for treating water using filters, purifiers or chemicals and how they apply to backpacking.
Drinking water supplies in the United States are among the safest in the world. However, even in the U.S., drinking water sources can become contaminated, causing sickness and disease from waterborne germs, such as Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Giardia intestinalis, and other pathogens.
Drinking water sources are subject to contamination and require appropriate treatment to remove disease-causing agents. Public drinking water systems use various methods of water treatment to provide safe drinking water for their communities. Today, the most common steps in water treatment used by community water systems (mainly surface water treatment) include:
Water may be treated differently in different communities depending on the quality of the water that enters the treatment plant. Typically, surface water requires more treatment and filtration than ground water because lakes, rivers, and streams contain more sediment and pollutants and are more likely to be contaminated than ground water.
Some water supplies may also contain disinfections by-products, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals, and radionuclides. Specialized methods for controlling formation or removing them can also be part of water treatment. To learn more about the different treatments for drinking water, see the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse’s Fact Sheet Series on Drinking Water Treatments.
To learn more about the steps that are taken to make our water safe to drink, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Public Drinking Water Systems webpage. To learn more about the 90+ contaminants EPA regulates and why, visit EPA’s Drinking Water Contaminants page.
Community water fluoridation prevents tooth decay safely and effectively. Water fluoridation has been named one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century 1. For more information on the fluoridation process and to find details on your water system’s fluoridation, visit CDC’s Community Water Fluoridation page.
Consumer Confidence Reports
Every community water supplier must provide an annual report, sometimes called a Consumer Confidence Report, or “CCR,” to its customers. The report provides information on your local drinking water quality, including the water’s source, contaminants found in the water, and how consumers can get involved in protecting drinking water.
Even though EPA regulates and sets standards for public drinking water, many Americans use a home water treatment unit to:
Household water treatment systems are composed of two categories: point-of-use and point-of-entry (NSF). Point-of-entry systems are typically installed after the water meter and treat most of the water entering a residence. Point-of-use systems are systems that treat water in batches and deliver water to a tap, such as a kitchen or a bathroom sink or an auxiliary faucet mounted next to a tap.
The most common types of household water treatment systems consist of:
Treatment of water is so important that we can avoid many possible water-borne diseases like cholera, typhoid, jaundice and so on. It’s true that water-borne infections are responsible for more than 80% of the diseases in all over the world.Whenever there is contamination of drinking water sources and water logging after rain there is in an outbreak of infection. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.
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