World Water Day is on March 22, 2019. It is to pay attention to the quality of water that people have access around the world. Most places the kind of water is not fit for any animal let alone a human to drink. Some of it looking like a mud puddle and taste could be just as bad. Even with new deep wells that are drilled it might not be safe due to metals and minerals in the ground even ragon gas is detected. In some places it can be dangerous enough that the water needs to be filter in other it is seen as trace elements.

Man made chemicals are a real problem in ground water as well as rivers and streams. It is not just what big industrial chemical plants put into the water system even after their water has been treated, but the farmer and home owners do to the water system.

Runoffs from the local city gardens, school yards, the oil on city streets go some where during a rain storm. The salt so applied during winter months on streets drain into our storm sewage. Thousands of home owners each applying fertilizer to their lawn contribute to water pollution.

Then there is the other problem, city building codes in this era will look at how, what material goes into building a structure. What gauge wire for the electric, what type of plumbing, insulation, what type of brick, wood, even concrete that is used must meet city standards. If they do not then you will have things happen like what happen in Flint, Michigan where local officials did not tell the public that they change where they got the city water.

The Flint water crisis first started in 2014 when the drinking water source for the city of Flint, Michigan was changed from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the cheaper Flint River. Due to insufficient water treatment, lead leached from the lead water pipes into the drinking water, exposing over 100,000 residents

Lead water pipes. Yes! Lead water pipes found in homes built before 1945 because lead was cheaper than steel pipes easy to installed and kept the cost of the home down. Lead is also used between the city water pipes and home owners home piping systems a very small connection.

 

Older the home more dangerous it becomes one reason when old buildings are rehab you stripe out everything between the walls to get rid of the old water pipes, the electric wiring, even the insulation/fire proofing that might be made up of that building put in when local city codes were not enforce.

Some cities forbid their citizens from directly drinking city water, washing their food in it, even questioning taking a shower with unfiltered city water. Whereas a city like Chicago, Illinois have an expensive water filtration plant keeping what its citizens drink above then just being safe. The testing of the water as it leaves the filtration plant, and around the city, private and public places. Anywhere the general pubic can have access too water samples are taken.

The City of Chicago has 4,400 miles of water pipe and is only upgrade when something breaks. With over 400,000 pipe connections making any replacement cost out of reach for taxpayers.

American companies that have business overseas have a habit of drilling their own deep wells, just to be on the safe side, because local water systems might not be up to EPA standards. It is not unusual for a American hotel waste water to be cleaner than what is seen being offer to the city residents by its own city government. The hotel side line might be selling bottle water since its water is safer then what is found in most restaurants around a city. Business in the US will also do their own drilling, have a in house filtration plant and in some cities upgrade the city waste treatment plants to EPA standards.

City water systems are built to make its public water safe from micros that would effect the public health, the problem is that unless expensive filters are put in that water might not be chemically safe to drink.

I have worked in a cola bottle company where they have their own deep water well which they have an in house filtering plant then they filter out the chloride to have water that is chemically and micro safe. Far above EPA and city standards. They also sold bottle water.

 

 

march 19