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.