Have you ever wondered how water falls from the sky and gets to places in your house where you use it? The process isn’t as straightforward as it may seem. Here’s a quick look at the never-ending life cycle of water.
Start at the source
When it rains, water collects in several different sources. They could be lakes, rivers or even streams. But that doesn’t mean the water is ready for humans to use yet. There are a lot of impurities that have to be removed first.
Those impurities we mentioned have a tendency to mingle in the water. In order to get them to stick together, chemicals call “flocculants” are added. Don’t worry – these chemicals are harmless. They just make it easier for the water to undergo “sedimentation,” where undesirable particles sink to the bottom for easy removal.
Fun with filters
Filters are what remove the particles you don’t want from your water. Filtration is the last stop before the water is disinfected. Then it’s stored and ready to distribute through your city’s network of pipes