Drinking water that’s fresh, clean, and clear is something many of us take for granted. While we might not give it a second thought, says Green Water Technologies, between the source and the tap a lot happens to make our water fit to drink. The water may come from Mother Nature, but it’s far from pristine. Drinking water contains different amounts of dissolved inorganic and organic compounds. Small amounts of bacteria and minerals can also be found in water, according to Green Water Technologies. Chlorination and filtration control bacteria growth.
Our drinking water comes from different sources across the country. In rural areas, water is often pumped directly from underground wells. Other sources of potable (drinkable) water include rivers, lakes, and streams.