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Water Treatment For Dummies

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8 through additional purification. As a packaged product, bottled water is regulated under the guidelines of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). To find out more, check out www.bottledwater.org. Counting Your Gallons How much water do you use? If you're a typical U.S. resident, the answer is between 80 and 100 gallons every day. If that sounds like a lot, consider that the total includes not just drinking water, but also the water you use for washing, watering your lawn and garden, and waste disposal. Quenching your thirst Of all that water you use, you don't drink that much — people actually drink less than 1 per- cent of the water coming into their homes. The rest goes for other purposes. Getting stuff (and you) clean Water is the universal solvent, because given enough time it can dissolve nearly anything. That means it's great for cleaning, and explains why so much of our water usage is involved in washing one thing or another (or ourselves). Quenching your plants' thirst If you have a big yard or a thirsty vegetable garden, you probably already know that watering can really run up your water bill, especially in hot, dry climates. These materials are the copyright of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and any dissemination, distribution, or unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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