We all know how vital water is to our health and well-being.  We often take for granted the fact that when we turn on the faucet we will have as much clean water as we desire, but how much do we really know about the source of that water?  Where does it come from? Considering how vital water is to our health, its worth finding out a little more about it.

Knowing the source of your household’s water supply depends largely on the type of area you live in, whether it’s a large town or city, or a more rural area.  If you live in a city, its likely your water comes from a reservoir.  This doesn’t have to be close by, it might be a reservoir some miles away.  This would be considered a “surface” water source.

If you live in a rural area, where might your water come from then?  It most probably comes from a well which is supplied by an underground reservoir or aquifer.

To know whether your homes water supply is safe or not doesn’t just depend on the water source itself, the surrounding land must be taken into consideration also.  What is the land used for, for example, is it used for agriculture or is it industrial?  This surrounding land is termed the “water shed”

Maybe you’re wondering, though, how you can find out about the water source specific to your area.  This is where contacting your local supplier of water comes in, since 1999, all suppliers of community water are obligated to provide their customers with an annual report.  The report highlights where they get the water from and any contaminates that may have been found in it.  Reading this report will help you feel more informed about your drinking water.

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