Despite popular belief, municipal water treatment does not remove all particles from a city’s drinking water. Green Water Technologies explains what treatment does and does not do in the following brief Q&A.
Q: What are coagulation and flocculation?
Green Water Technologies: These are often the first stages of water treatment and involve adding chemicals that provide a positive charge to water and a negative charge to dirt and other undesirable particles. The dirt particles then bind together and form larger groups known as floc.
Q: How is water filtered at a treatment center?
Green Water Technologies: Since floc is heavier than water, it settles at the bottom of a large tank; this is the sedimentation process. This sediment is left in the tank while the lighter, cleaner water is pumped through a series of filters made of charcoal, sand, and gravel to remove other, smaller particles.
We don’t think much about the quality of our water in the United States. We expect to turn on the faucet and at the very least survive our drinking experience. But people in other countries don’t always have it as easy, says Green Water Technologies. Here, the Texas-based water filtration systems installation company opens up on how some enterprising philanthropists are using water filtration technology to save lives.
Q: Why is it dangerous to drink water in certain parts of the world?
Green Water Technologies: There are many third-world countries where people typically get their drinking and bathing water from the same bodies of water where livestock eat and dump waste. In remote regions of Africa, for example, this water contains microorganisms along with cholera and typhoid bacteria.
More than 9 in 10 bottles of water tested in a recent study proved positive for high levels of plastic debris contamination.
Green Water Technologies has always been an advocate of the home filtration process. Now, it seems the Texas-based company has even more reasons to get the word out about water. In a recent study conducted by the State University of New York at Fredonia, researcher Dr. Sherry Mason tested 259 bottles of water from nine countries, including the United States. The testing, which included seven of the most popular brands of bottled water, revealed startling – and disturbing – results.
According to Green Water Technologies, 93 percent of the samples tested were found to contain high levels of plastic debris, known as microplastics. This includes polyethylene terephthalate and polypropylene. The vast majority – 65 percent — of the contaminated samples were not from the bottle itself but from the plastic cap.
There may not be such a thing as perfect drinking water but there are certainly bodies of water that offer the perfect balance of beauty and cleanliness to enjoy for leisure or recreation. Here, Texas-based water filtration provider Green Water Technologies opens up about some of the world’s most beautiful – and clean – bodies of water.
Oregon’s Crater Lake has been called the cleanest large body of water on Earth. According to Green Water Technologies, this 1,943 foot deep lake is fed almost entirely by rain and snow. There are no incoming rivers or streams to deposit sediment, mud, and contaminants.
There is more salt water on Earth than freshwater, says the water mavens from Green Water Technologies. But for all its benefits, including recreation, there is one important thing saltwater simply can’t do and that is sustain human life.
Q: Why can’t humans drink salt water?
Green Water Technologies: While salt is a necessary nutrient, too much or too little can wreak havoc on the body’s operating system. It can essentially cause the body to dehydrate and shut down.
Q: Doesn’t the body have a way to stabilize sodium?
Green Water Technologies: At a cellular level, yes. The body is capable of stabilizing some salt and prevent excess from entering our cells since each cell is outfitted with a semipermeable membrane. However, semipermeable is not impermeable and, under enough pressure, salinated water can replace the cell’s water content.
Most people that we need to drink water each day, but kids especially need exposure to this clearly superior liquid, says the team at Green Water Technologies. Why? Read on to find out.
Water makes you “go”
Water helps push waste products and contaminants out of the system through urination. According to Green Water Technologies, it also carries oxygen throughout the body and since our cells cannot function without oxygen, without water, we would die. Water is a vital part of the digestion process; our digestive juices are primarily made of H2O.
In today’s post, the water experts at Green Water Technologies explain how multiple billions of gallons of fresh water are wasted each year.
According to Green Water Technologies, the first water system in the United States was built out of hollow logs, creatively fashioned together by the country’s first plumbers. While we’ve come a long way utilizing new materials since then, our water supply system is far from perfect. In North America, there’s approximately one million miles of water pipelines – enough to circle the globe more than three dozen times. Leaky pipes in New York City alone waste 36 million gallons of water every day.
Every day in America, every single person uses around 100 gallons of water for bathing, food preparation, and drinking. Green Water Technologies says European residents use about half that. By contrast, people living in the furthest reaches of the sub-Saharan desert have very little access to water and only use around two to five gallons per day.