The importance of clean water
Clean water is one of our most vital resources, and when our water is polluted it is not only devastating to the environment, but also to human health. The United Stated relies on public water systems to treat and deliver more than 44 billion gallons of clean water each day to our homes, schools and businesses. Much of that water comes from rivers, lakes and other surface water sources. Before it is delivered to our homes it is treated to remove debris, excess nutrients, chemicals, particulates (e.g., soot and silt) and bacteria. This clean water, while it is not drinking water, supplements the flow of local rivers where it supports aquatic life and helps other communities downstream to enjoy an abundance of water for recreational uses and production of drinking water.
Those that are served by public sanitation systems such as Renewable Water Resources rely on sewers to keep untreated wastewater from being released into the environment where it could potentially contaminate our drinking water sources and the natural environment. When the water goes down the drain or is flushed down the toilet, it usually enters a sewer system where it travels to a water resource recovery facility (WRRF). The WRRF treats the wastewater and removes debris and other contaminants before releasing the treated water it into the environment.
The quality of our water is directly linked to the quality of our lives. By supporting clean water initiatives and similar measures that improve our water and wastewater treatment systems, we can each have a hand in ensuring clean, safe water for ourselves, our families and our communities.