Understanding your water cycle
The fresh water that enters your home originates in one of two sources: surface water or groundwater. Surface water supplies, according to the experts at Littleton plumbing, include lakes, streams, rivers and artificial storage reservoirs. Groundwater comes from natural underground caverns or from aquifers – porous, water-saturated layers of gravel, sand, and silt. This water is either pumped from the ground through a well or rises to the surface through natural springs.
Distributing fresh water
Groundwater pumped from a well often has a high mineral content. This “hard” water may prematurely age your plumbing pipes, as the minerals build up on the inside surfaces o the pipes. Installing a water softener helps reduce mineral levels and can extend the life of your plumbing system.
Recycling waste water
About 78% of all water that enters a home or business, says Littleton plumbing experts, eventually finds its way back to a groundwater or surface water source. Because this waste water eventually becomes part of the fresh water supply again, it must be purified before it is released into the environment.
In rural areas, this purification is accomplished by simple home septic systems that separate solid wastes and transport the water back into the soil. As this water makes its slow journey back to the water table, it is filtered pure by many layers of rock and soil.
PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: Keep in mind that individual septic systems and urban sewage treatment plants are designed to recycle waste water and organic solids only. Flushing any synthetic materials or chemicals down your drain can jeopardize the system’s function to transform waste liquid into pure fresh water for the next user.
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