Water is literally everywhere. In the ground; in the air. It’s an unavoidable substance. But, for all we know about this essential life liquid, there’s a lot most people don’t realize. In the following Q&A, Green Water Technologies opens up about some of the lesser-known facts floating around within the Earth’s water supply.
Q: How much of a contaminant does it take to render fresh water undrinkable?
Green Water Technologies: That depends on the substance. For instance, a single gallon of gasoline will taint 750,000 gallons of water. Water is remarkably resilient, however, and cleans itself through what is known as the Water Cycle. This system is so efficient that if human pollution were halted today, it would only take 10 years to clear 98% of the Earth’s groundwater. But with 500 new chemicals being developed each year, chances of that happening are slim.
Q: How much water does the sun evaporate every day?
Green Water Technologies: The sun pulls approximately 1 trillion tons of water from the Earth in a 24-hour period. This comes from open bodies of water (thinks oceans, rivers, pools, and lakes) and even from more unusual sources, such as human and animal perspiration and crops.
Q: Is water consumption related to disease?
Green Water Technologies: Water in some parts of the world carries scores of bacteria, parasites, and other infectious material that can cause serious illnesses. However, not drinking water can wreak havoc on the body, too. Chronic dehydration has been linked to certain types of cancer as well as urinary tract issues. Staying hydrated is vital to every cell in the body.
Q: What does it mean that water is “the universal solvent?”
Green Water Technologies: Because of water’s composition, it can dissolve an astounding number of substances – more than any other liquid. Because of this, the idea of 100% pure water is little more than a theoretical concept. Clean, fresh water contains traces of minerals, gases, and other compounds it comes into contact with. It is these “impurities” that give water its taste.