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8 Ways to Protect Your Town’s Water Supply

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8 Ways to Protect Your Town’s Water Supply

By Cris Carl, Hometalk

There are several towns in the U.S. that have a high standard of water quality, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. These towns include Aspen and Vail, Colorado; Georgetown, Texas; and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. These towns, by luck and by design, are well situated within healthy watersheds that have a low possibility of becoming polluted.

There are a number of important factors involved in the creation of clean, healthy drinking water. First of all, water supplies come from underground (aquifers), lakes, rivers, and sometimes desalinated sea water. Water is purified and disinfected with chlorine. Then the treated water flows either by pipes or gravity to reservoirs or water tanks. Once the water goes down the drain and into a sewer system, it is then treated and released back into a body of water or is used for agricultural or industrial purposes.

In order to have a reliable and continuous source of clean water, free of disease pathogens, municipalities need to have certain standards in place. As a consumer, it is also up to you to support efforts to protect your local water supply.

Here are 8 of the primary ways clean water supplies can be achieved:

1. Monitoring the water supply: Local environmental staff should be policing and inspecting watersheds on a regular basis. Environmental staff can include police, inspectors, laboratory technicians, lake crews, and foresters who work together to ensure the safety and quality of the ground water.

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2:03PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:03PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

good to be aware of these things

2:37PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

"do not corrupt the earth..." (Quran 7:56)

9:25AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Great article, Chaya! Having clean water takes a team effort! By taking simple steps, together we can make a difference! Learn easy ways to protect our waters at

5:16PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011


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7:43AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Thanks for the information..

4:34AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

interesting but very general information

5:37PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011


2:19PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

This article skimmed over one of the biggest threats- privatization of fresh water supplies. Cash-strapped cities are selling water rights to private companies, and then find that their household costs for drinking water and wastewater treatment skyrocket, with no improvement in quality of service.

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