Since water is one of the most vital elements on the planet, and a resource required by all living organisms, it is never a bad idea to learn all that you can about water chemistry and consumption. If you are a regular water drinker, perhaps you should consider modifying your current system to enhance the taste and quality of your tap water. If you are not a regular water drinking, perhaps learning more about it can motivate you to drink more!
Continue reading to review some answers to frequently asked questions about drinking water.
Why is it Good to Drink Water?
Water is great for countless reasons. It hydrates our bodies, supports healthy organ function, gives us energy, aids in weight loss, and much more. Drinking water daily, overtime, also prevents stubborn acne, and promotes healthier, clearer skin. It also improves hair and nails, and even promotes more hair and nail growth! Believe it or not, it also helps heal faster, with both illnesses and wounds. Read our blog, “The Health Benefits of Drinking Water Daily” to learn more about the importance of drinking more water.
How is Drinking Water Contaminated?
Most often, the forces that cause our natural water supplies to become contaminated are out of our control. For example, natural disasters like landslides, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and even wild fires can cause an increase in sediment and turbidity in water supplies, allowing excess pollutants to enter our reservoirs, streams, lakes, rivers, ground water, and more. Other times, water contamination is caused by littering, pollution, industrial waste, and more.
Can You Drink Rain Water?
In most cases, drinking rain water is perfectly safe and acceptable. Rain water is naturally soft, which means it is free of hard minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and more. It is also free of pollution, pollen, mold, and other contaminants that are commonly found in groundwater and tap water. On the other hand, rain water may contain dust, insect parts, and lower levels of bacteria, all of which should be filtered out before consuming it in any form. Drink at your own risk! Or read our blog, “How to Drink Rain Water” to learn how to do it, safely.
Can Water Go Bad?
Water is an organic element, which means it is subject to biological changes just like any other type of organic matter. In short, this means water can decrease in quality, even to the point that it becomes unsafe to drink. Read our blog, “Does Drinking Water Have an Expiration Date?” to learn why water goes bad and how you can test its quality.
What is the Safe Drinking Water Act?
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was enacted by congress in 1974, only to be revised and then amended in 1986 and 1996. It is a federal law that was established to protect the quality of public drinking water, whether above ground or underground. And it has ensured safe and clean public drinking water for all Americans in the United States ever since.
What are Water pH Values?
The pH value of water is the measurement of alkalinity and acidity. This value is also a good indicator of the level of hardness and softness in water. In fact, it is a necessary measurement for determining corrosiveness in water. Water pH levels are measured on a scale of zero to fourteen. A pH value of 7 is known “basic”, which is a neutral measurement. This is considered “pure” water. Rain generally has a pH value close to seven. As the numeric value increases above 7, the water becomes more alkaline. As the numeric value decreases below 7, the water becomes more acidic.
How Can You Improve Water Quality?
The fundamental method for improving the quality of water is to soften it, or remove the hard mineral ions that affect the taste, feel, and function of water. Installing a water softener or water conditioner is the ultimate weapon against hard water problems. Installing a reverse osmosis system in your home can provide additional water purification benefits, which effectively remove contaminants like dirt, bacteria, mold, germs, and microorganisms.
Contact a local Indianapolis soft water company for help determining the best strategies for improving the quality of your tap water, today!
Indianapolis Water Quality Services
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