Do you drink eight glasses of water every day? While most of us can be a little guilty of not hitting that mark, the water you drink is more important than you might think. When you drink a glass of water, do you think about where it came from? You probably just turn on the tap and let it pour right into your cup. Well, the process behind that glass of clean, drinkable water is actually quite complicated. Without proper water treatment, much of the fresh, drinkable water on the planet would be practically inaccessible as most of it is frozen in the polar icecaps. However, with the use of water treatment plants, they can clean, sanitize and purify water from just about any source.
Industrial water supplies are made up of complex and advanced filtration systems that ensure the water supply is potable (safe to drink). But, what happens when you live in an area or region where water is a scarcity? Recycle. Yes, water can be recycled and it often is salvaged for reuse in non-potable ways (not for drinking). Thinks like storm runoff, water from car washes and the rain from the roadways that enter the underground drain systems that eventually make their way into a wastewater treatment plant.
This type of non-potable water is extremely important to clean and recycle because if it enters the ecosystem untreated, it can negatively impact the environment which would translate into destroyed fisheries, contaminated bodies of water and other disasters. In fact, there are international treaty requirements that regulate the disposal of water back into rivers and oceans.
At any rate, water treatment systems are vital components to any industrial nation because it provides us with a natural resource that can sometimes be hard to get. But, did you know that there are wastewater treatment plants that actually can turn that storm runoff into safe, drinking water? In fact, many continents from around the world like Asia and Australia use highly advanced plants to filter water in such a way that it has been deemed safe to drink.
Since we are on the topic of wastewater, sewage may have come to mind. While sewage periodically makes its way to a treatment plant, it's been causing some problems laately, specifically with the flushable wipe trend. Flushable wipes are often not flushable and when they go down the toilet, through the sewer system and arrive back at the treatment plant, problems arise. They have been clogging lines, breaking equipment and extremely slowing down the water cleaning process. Some public works laws have actually installed special grinding systems to shred the wipes because they are cause such big problems around the world.
So, in short, clean water is a very complicated process and it takes a complex system to ensure it's safe to drink and use!