Thursday, November 06, 2008

Drinking Water

Every living creature needs clean and safe drinking water. How much do you need? It depends - your size, activity level and the weather all make a difference.

The water you drink is a combination of surface water and groundwater. Surface water includes rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Groundwater comes from underground. The United States has one of the safest water supplies in the world, but drinking water quality can vary from place to place. It depends on the condition of the source water and the treatment it receives. Treatment may include adding fluoride to prevent cavities and chlorine to kill germs.

Your water supplier must give you annual reports on drinking water. The reports include where your water came from and what contaminants are in it.


Mike said...

Don't forget filtration for surface water supplies!

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Julien said...

Can you imagine what it must have been like to be alive 100 years ago?

I work a bit with the American Chemistry Council, and I was completely unaware of this, but apparently its been about 100 years since we started chlorinating our water.

Before that drinking water in the US was often dirty, diseased and infected with many things we would want nothing to do with.

Its crazy to think about what life would be like today if we had to drink that same scummy water - makes me appreciate being alive in 2008, that's for sure.