The Disgusting Future of Water

We’re back again this week to ruin your appetite with another look into waste water. After our last few articles left lead sales guy Scott unable to eat his breakfast (the pancakes were delicious), we’ve been ordered to write about something clean this week. In that spirit we’re going to look into the future of recycling all sewage into usable water. We advise you finish your breakfast and lunch before reading. Water Shortages Increasingly we are running into a problem with having enough water to drink. Despite the Earth’s surface being about 70% water, we can only drink about 0.01% or less of it. The issue we run into is that ocean water would kill us. There’s too much salt and bacteria in it. This is why we have fresh water and salt water fish. The environments are so drastically different that few, if any fish can survive in both environments. We can only drink water which isn’t from the ocean. This is a massive restriction. It means all of society has to survive on water from lakes, rivers, and underground aquifers. The problem is exacerbated when we experience droughts, which leave us drawing on our water reserves. Unfortunately, for the past century or so, that’s what we’ve been doing. We pump water out of wells and end up draining them faster than they can be replenished. Certain large drink companies make the issue worse by buying water at less […]

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Do I Need to Filter my Water?

We’ve covered how Water Softeners remove minerals which are harmful to your plumbing. What about things that are harmful to you? Water softeners are only effective against minerals. Bacteria, chlorine, even sediments will go through a water softener as if it were never there in the first place. With or without a softener, you’re on equal footing with everyone else: your water may be dangerous. Testing the Water Supply It’s a good idea to test your water supply every few years or after major changes such as construction in your area. We recommend testing because in most cases, it’s affordable, harmless, and it’s near impossible to notice subtle changes like lead leeching into the water supply without testing. This is an ounce of prevention to avoid a pound of pain. There are generally two ways to test your water: Over the Counter Kits and Mail-In Services. The kits can be found online and in your local plumbing and hardware stores. These kits will generally use testing strips and chemicals you mix with some water in a bowl. They start at around $20 for a basic test and it goes up from there for broad-spectrum tests that will cover everything you can find without ten tons of lab equipment. In some cases though, that ten tons of equipment might make sense. There are commercial labs and even universities that will test water samples for a premium. These tests will indicate specific […]

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