Wednesday, May 27, 2020

An Introduction to Water Systems

It might sound obvious, but according to Merriam-Webster a water system is a system of supplying water. If your city’s waste-water treatment plant is the first thing that comes to mind, that’s a great example. However, there are several other types of water systems that vary significantly in size and scope and it's a good idea to know what they are.

Public Water Systems

Researchers estimate that there are approximately 150,000 public water systems in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has determined three different types of public systems. A Community Water System provides a year-round water supply to the same population. A Non-Transient Non-Community Water System supplies water to at least 25 people for at least six months out of the year. Transient Non-Community Water Systems supply water to places where people only occupy briefly, such as campgrounds and gas stations

Residential Irrigation

Your home’s irrigation is an example of a small system, but it’s an important one, nonetheless. Without it, your yard and plants might not survive. Also, if one of your lines starts to leak and you don’t notice it, you could waste thousands of gallons of water in minutes. You might want to familiarize yourself with some water system repair products, just so you can have them on hand.

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Drinking Fountains

Drinking water that’s supplied to the public is highly regulated and needs to be regularly tested and maintained by certified professionals. This includes everything from the water that comes through your faucets to the drinking fountains in parks. The next time you’re on a long hike and you come across an outdoor fountain in the wilderness, you might want to think about what was entailed in getting that water out there.    

Water is an easy thing to take for granted, but a lot of work is entailed in creating systems to ensure everyone has access to it. 


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