Contrary to the widely accepted belief that the world has an unlimited supply of water, the truth is the natural resources finite. Green Water Technologies insist that it is up to each individual household to be responsible water consumers.
According to Green Water Technologies, a leaking faucet, loose shower head, and broken toilet bowl seal are three of the top causes of residential water waste. Other significant contributors are over watering lawns and gardens and running the water while you brush your teeth.
While behavioral issues that cause waste are easy to identify, others not so much. A normal family of four may use between 5,000 gallons and 12,000 gallons of water each month. Anything higher than this is a good indicator that there is an unknown complete somewhere. Finding at is paramount to stopping unnecessary water usage, Green Water Technologies stresses. Continue reading
According to the water filtration experts at Green Water Technologies, all sorts of things can affect water quality. Sometimes, things like bacteria and organic matter can make their way into water pipes and change the way water tastes or smells. Recently, Austin, Texas, had a rather unusual water quality issue: zebra mussels.
In early February, residents around South and Central Austin noticed a rather unpleasant odor coming from the faucet. Initially, the city blamed water line construction but, after further investigation, determine that the scent was the result of an infestation of zebra mussels in the city’s raw water system. Green Water Technologies explains that this did not pose a threat to human health, but was a major olfactory offender.
The zebra mussels were first found at the Ullrich water treatment plant in 2018. The plant, explains Green Water Technologies, is in close proximity to Lake Austin, which has a known zebra mussel problem. The water supply line was shut down for approximately two weeks before residents began to notice the smell.
Dehydration is a common condition, and typically one easily fixed by simply drinking water. However, as experts from Texas-based Green Water Technologies explains, prolonged dehydration can have serious health consequences.
Mild dehydration has an immediate impact on mood, motor coordination, and memory. Further, there is data to suggest that brain tissue is one of the first areas to experience a loss in fluid volume, which can result in headaches. The heart suffers as well, according to water technicians from Green Water Technologies, who have made it a priority to understand the relationship between water, water quality, and human health. As the body becomes dehydrated, blood becomes thicker, making it more difficult for the cardiovascular system to work properly.
Humans have the ability to go without food for a few weeks. But just days without water can be fatal. Severe dehydration is a serious issue requiring emergency medical treatment.
The water we drink each day may look crisp and clean, but the reality is there is much more going on in the glass than meets the eye. According to Green Water Technologies, calcium is one of the most common minerals found in virtually all water sources.
Green Water Technologies explains that calcium is entered into an area’s water source as it dissolves from limestone and other natural materials. It is one of the two impurities measured when testing for water hardness.
Is calcium harmful?
Calcium is not harmful to the human body, even when ingested as hard water. In fact, it may have some health benefits for calcium deficient people. However, water with a significant amount of calcium, which is measured in parts per million, is not helpful to a home’s water-using appliances. Green Water Technologies notes that very hard water can actually result in appliance wearout as well as leave difficult-to-remove markings on the bathtub, sinks, and dishes.
Water quality is something you don’t want to mess around with and it varies state to state and even more so outside of the US. If you’re planning to travel internationally, you should know that water treatment methods are vastly different than at home. Here, Green Water Technologies answers questions about how to stay safe when you drink away from home.
Q: Why is it a good idea to bring a water filter while on vacation out of the country?
Green Water Technologies: While the vast majority of developed countries have widespread water treatment methods, even these may not filter the same things that we treat for in the US. Your body may not be used to certain otherwise benign contaminations, which can leave you sick and unable to enjoy your vacation.
The vast majority of drinking water in the United States comes from groundwater stores that start out as rain says Green Water Technologies. While in theory, water is nothing more than two hydrogen and one oxygen molecule. But drinking water isn’t pure thanks to the ground upon which it sits.
Experts at Green Water Technologies explain that rain passing through the atmosphere is enriched with carbon dioxide. When combined with H2O, carbon dioxide, or CO2, forms a calcium solvent. This solvent, carbonic acid, remains in the water as it hits the ground, where it begins to pull calcium from stone as water passes along the earth. While this is absolutely not harmful to human health, excessive calcium and other minerals can significantly damage water pipes as well is water-using modern appliances.
Bottled water is often touted as a convenient option for healthy hydration when you’re on the go. But, according to Texas-based Green Water Technologies, bottled water may not be as good for you as the bottle leads you to believe.
Q: What factors determine the health of the water we drink?
Green Water Technologies: Water is, of course, the best way to hydrate. However, depending on its source, it may have contaminants that can be downright bad for your health. These include bacteria, contaminants of emerging concern, such as waste from cosmetic and household cleaning products, and even algal bloom from lakes and other water sources.
Q: Is bottled water safer than tap water?
Green Water Technologies: While it’s easy to think it is, the truth is that tap water is probably your best bet. This is because there is currently no specific law that requires water bottlers to disclose potential contaminants. And really, the vast majority of commercially sold water in the United States comes from a municipal source, the same as the water you get at home.