You turn on the tap, fill your glass, and guzzle down a glass of water. In the midst of refreshment, you probably don’t take the time to think about where the water came from. But cities and municipalities have to think about how to get this water to you each day.
Using a complex system of treatments and filters, local government agencies and hired contractors turn greywater into a usable substance, yet the quality of water and its ease of use may cause many people to overlook its source. Moreover, potable water and proper maintenance are essential to everyday life and the quality of living in suburban and urbanized areas. So where does potable water come from and why is maintenance so important? Read on to find out.
What Is Potable Water?
Also known as drinking water, potable water is treated water that’s safe to drink and use in food preparation. However, it’s also used for irrigation, washing, and plumbing. On average, a U.S. household consumes nearly 70 gallons of water a day and even more during extreme heat, underscoring the need for a clean water source at all times.
The process of treating water is complex, yet it’s simple enough for most people to understand. When the water reaches a water treatment plant, different types of non-toxic chemicals are added to the water. These bind with dissolved particles in the water that cause them to float to the bottom. The water is then filtered and disinfected to become potable water, which is then recirculated through water pipes.
What Type of Water Is City Water?
The source of city water varies from location to location. In some areas, it’s taken from lakes, rivers, streams, and reservoirs. In other areas of the country, it’s sourced from groundwater that’s pumped from a minimum of 30 feet below the surface. Depending on the source of the water, it may contain different elements that alter its taste, mineral makeup, and overall quality.
Maintenance of Potable Water Tanks
Potable water tanks are one of the most important aspects of modern-day drinking water systems. Without proper maintenance, however, water can become contaminated, which can cause widespread boil orders and other issues. As a result, maintenance becomes essential.
In general, potable water tanks should be inspected every five years to ensure the integrity of the metal, as well as to ascertain whether they’re susceptible to any other issues or leaks. If the local government fails to do this, people can become ill.
That’s why many municipalities turn to experienced contractors like us during inspection periods. A reputable company has years of experience in the industry assessing and treating potable water tanks. They also use specific equipment that’s been sanitized and is used solely for the purpose of inspecting and treating water tanks. With a trained staff that’s experienced in the industry, these companies are more apt to accurately find sources of contamination and keep potable water clean and safe for consumers.
In the Bay Area, municipalities rely on our team at EPS dba Express Plumbing to inspect, and repair Potable water tanks, pipes, and underground infrastructure. We have dedicated equipment and experienced staff to ensure the integrity of these inspections.
Why a Seasoned, Reputable Contractor Is Ideal for Drinking Water and the Safety of Citizens
Because the public’s health is at risk, cities, and municipalities should put a premium on who they hire for the proper maintenance of potable water tanks and related services. By hiring only, a reputable, skilled company that has the right equipment and staff to get the job done, the quality of water and the health of citizens is all but guaranteed.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our wide range of services at EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing, contact Nick Bechwati, our owner for a private discussion.