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Water Treatment For Dummies

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7 homes, or to large corporations that have their own water service divisions. Whether public or private, all U.S. water utilities that serve more than 25 people must adhere to water quality standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as well as state and local regulations. Wells A well is a strategically placed access point drilled into an aquifer, combined with a pump to withdraw the water and a basic filtering or screening system. As mentioned, public or private wells that serve more than 25 individuals are subject to the guidelines of the USEPA and other local regula- tions, but individually owned private wells aren't, which means that the homeowner bears the full responsibility for ensuring water quality. About 15 percent of Americans, most of them in rural areas, rely on privately owned wells. Through your pipes to the faucet Whether your water is coming in from a treatment plant across town or the well in your backyard, the final step to access clean water is your home plumbing. If you're connected to municipal water, there's usually a main valve installed where the main line from the dis- tribution system enters the home. Water from a bottle Bottled water is popular. Studies suggest that half of all Americans drink bottled water from time to time, and about a third consume it regularly. As with tap water, the source of bottled water is usually a municipal water system or a natural spring, and from there it may go These materials are the copyright of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and any dissemination, distribution, or unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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