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Water Treatment For Dummies

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12 nerve, heart, skin, and blood vessel damage. And Cryptosporidium is responsible for potentially life- threatening diarrhea. Still, water is essential. The human body is, after all, 70 percent water, and although a human being can survive a month or more without food, a week without water can be fatal. Yes, bad water is bad for you, but safe water is key to life — and good for you! Water has so many health benefits that the CDC recom- mends drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. It is not hard to meet this, if you recog- nize that hydration can be achieved in various formats such as the water cooler at work, public drinking fountains, or the tap at home. Good for Appliances, Too Good water is good for your home and appli- ances, too. A 2009 study commissioned by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) and conducted by the Battelle Memorial Institute found that adding a water softener helps water heaters and major appliances oper- ate as efficiently as possible, while preventing clogs in showerheads, faucets, and drains. For example, researchers ran dishwashers and washing machines for 30 days and 240 wash cycles. They ran softened water through half of the units, while using a hard water source for the others. At the end of the month, the washers using softened water were nearly free of scale buildup, but the washers using hard water required scale removal to work well. These materials are the copyright of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and any dissemination, distribution, or unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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