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Water Treatment For Dummies

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Chapter 3 What's in Your Water? In This Chapter ▶ Understanding water purity ▶ Diagnosing your water ▶ Examining the regulations K now what's in your water, so, if a problem is found, you can do something about it. How Pure Is Pure? Your water isn't just molecules made up of two parts hydrogen to one part oxygen, or H 2 O. Pure water is a relative term because almost all the water you'll encounter contains minerals, impurities, contaminants, and microorganisms. These substances may be present in incredibly tiny amounts, and they don't necessarily have negative health impacts. Some of them might impart the flavor you expect from water — if you drank pure H 2 O, you might not even like it. Knowing your household water has stuff in it besides just plain H 2 O, the USEPA has created standards that enable water to be classified as potable water, even if it does have traces of These materials are the copyright of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and any dissemination, distribution, or unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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