Where Does Your Water Come From?
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It seems simple; we turn on the tap and water comes out. But how often do we really think about where our water comes from? Learning how our water arrives at our taps can be the first step in greatly reducing our water wastage, and can also contribute to the way we design our bathroom in the first place. Bellabathrooms.co.uk, the leading experts on all things bathrooms, take a look at the water cycle and where our water actually comes from when it tumbles into a luxurious deep bath or pulses out of a refreshing power shower.
Firstly, it’s important to realise that there is no such thing as ‘new’ water. All of the water on Earth has been here for millions of years, and is reused constantly over and over again. This water can be separated into two types; surface water and ground water. Surface water is the water which flows in streams and rivers, and sits dormant in reservoirs and lakes. Ground water seeps through the ground and is often very pure; the seeping process filters away many of the pollutants that get into much of our water now.
UK law has imposed very strict rules regarding water quality which must be adhered to by all water companies and providers to safeguard the nation’s health and the well being of our infrastructure. This means that water harnessed for usage across homes and businesses must be treated appropriately to ensure that it completely safe for use before even a drop is pumped out to be drunk, boiled, flushed or bathed in.
One of the most important points of these regulations is that disease and bacteria must be removed. To achieve this stringent regulations must be adhered to. The way water is treated depends on where it comes from; as previously mentioned, ground water is often very pure, but it still must undergo a strict screening process that guarantees it is safe to drink or to use within our homes.
The screening process removes any large objects such as leaves and debris from the water, before aeration removes odours, dissolved gases and metal salts. Clarification is the next step in the process, where a chemical coagulant is added to carry away any leftover bacteria or any colour which may be affecting the water. The clarified water is then filtered for good measure, before a disinfectant is added. The disinfectant is usually chlorine which swimmers will be all too familiar with. Chlorine has been chosen because it has been verified as the safest and most reliable way of ensuring water is safe to consume.
Lastly, pH adjustment by all water companies take place to ensure that water is not too acidic or alkaline. Acidic water can end up corroding metal water pipes, not to mention being incredibly dangerous, whilst alkaline water can leave residue and deposits in the pipes it is passed through.
Once this whole process is complete, the water is pumped into the huge UK network of pipes ready to flow down the water mains to every bathroom and kitchen tap in the country.