Do you ever wonder where your drinking water comes from? You may already
be familiar with the water cycle- the process that takes water from the
oceans to the clouds to the ground and back again. Cities "plug"
into this natural cycle and collect ground and service water that we can
Water, Water, Everywhere
There's a lot of water on the planet, but less than 1% of it is fresh
water - meaning it is redeemable for human use. This comes from streams,
lakes, rivers, or city reservoirs (like the Griggs or Hoover Reservoir).
As rain or snowfall fill these bodies, water is sustained for continued
use. Of course, drought can be a serious problem when only relying on
How People Get Water in Columbus
Usable water comes from two sources: ground and surface water. Here's
how this works in Columbus, Ohio:
Ground water. Wells and springs, often referred to as aquifers, can be tapped for human
use. Rain or melted snow sift through the earth, permeating the soil and
gravel levels and gather in these areas. Thus, the water can be pumped
and collected at the surface.
Surface water. Lakes, rivers, streams, and springs are examples of surface water. For
instance, the Ohio River sustains 10% of the US population with its fresh water.
The water that gathers in these areas then goes through the following process
before it ends up running in your spigots and faucets.
Water treatment. Ground and surface water is pumped to a treatment facility using a network
of pipes. Once there, it is treated and cleaned until it's safe for
human consumption and other uses. This process is strictly monitored,
and Columbus releases consumer reports to keep its citizens up-to-date
on the system's quality and performance.
City hookups. Once contaminants have been removed (or treated to acceptable levels),
the water is pumped out of the facility through more pipes, which eventually
leads to your home. For example, the Hap Cremean Water Plant connects
to the Columbus water tower. These towers use gravity to provide the pressure
needed to pump water into homes and businesses; any building at a lower
elevation can connect to this fresh water source.
Water Treatment Systems Impact Health and the Environment
This system may seem efficient, but issues like nutrient pollution, drought,
and contamination can devastate these sources and our treatment plants.
Consider the drought California is struggling with and the conservation
effort the state has mandated to fight it.
How to Make a Clean Water and Conservation Impact
Luckily, there's plenty that you can do to safeguard our city against
such a problem, like practicing
conservation. Toilets can be replaced with more efficient models, restricting aerators
can help you regulate use, and a water audit can pinpoint areas to improve.
These eco-friendly practices are as much a part of Eco Plumbers' personal
values as they are our business. If you are interested in ways you can
conserve water in your home or business,
contact us today.