In the United States, we can sometimes take for granted the fact that we have safe drinking water. It does not cross our minds as to whether our drinking water is safe or not until there is a crisis.
August is National Water Quality Month, which means it’s the perfect time to enlighten ourselves on where our water comes from and how we can preserve it. Educating ourselves is the best way to guarantee that our water continues to be of high quality and free of contamination.
So then where does our water come from?
Half of the United States population lives within 50 miles of a coast. Most Americans get their water from one of the 54,000 local water providers across the country.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has placed federal regulations on public water suppliers to ensure that they are reviewing more than100 contaminants. Their job is to take the wastewater from our homes that flow into the utilities main wastewater pipeline, removing pollutants from it, re-using it or releasing it back into the environment.
As Americans, it is easy for us to take quality clean water for granted. National Water Quality Month in August reminds us that it takes much more than just turning on the tap to promise and guarantee clean, potable water.
The average person uses around 80 gallons of water or more per day. The water we use includes showering, cleaning, household waste, and drinking water.
The amount of water, usage, population, and treatment facilities available vary, depending on where you live. Around the world, these variables change significantly. In some villages, accessible drinkable water is in short supply, and indoor plumbing does not exist.
Protecting our water resources and informing ourselves about water quality is an essential goal of National Water Quality Month.
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