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.
Living in a home with hard, unconditioned water can cause major issues for your water-using appliances. According to Green Water Technologies, your hot water heater is that at risk of premature breakdown, up to a decade before the appliance’s normal lifespan.
If you don’t have a whole home water filtration system, draining your hot water heater once or twice per year can help. Representatives from Green Water Technologies explain that it is also a good idea to drain the system to remove sediment once your water filtration system is installed. Here’s how:
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.