Each day, the average American uses about 50 gallons of water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and maintenance. The majority of people, still, are ignorant of the source of their water. In the United States, approximately 88 percent of the inhabitants are supplied by society supply systems. The other 12 percent is supplied by non-community resources, such as resorts, private wells and campgrounds. Sixty-four percent of community systems use surface water as their resource, the other thirty-six percent use groundwater from wells.
The visual properties of the water consumption from these community systems are often affected by the. Ground water frequently has a somewhat metallic flavor, and can hold high quantities of minerals. But on the other hand, the surface water, typically have a moldy taste and look gray. Treatment systems intend to generate water that is: secure for human use, attractive and high-quality tasting to the user, and conforms to Requirements of State and Federal policy at the lowest possible cost.
You might want to make a test. A flavor test will demonstrate the differences between ground and surface water, underline some of the widespread contaminants in nature, and encourage learning about the sources of drinking water.
The materials needed are: 1 gallon of tap water (identify the source), 1 gallon of distilled water, 1 gallon of filtered tap water, 1 gallon of mineral water (or private well water, if available).
After you have all the materials ready for the test then follow the next steps:
1. Mark a set of 4 cups for each tester. Ticket each cup 1 through 4 and fill them with the different sorts of water. Make sure that equally labeled cups have the same sort of water.
2. Point to the different sorts of water present in the four cups. Work together with someone to try to identify different smells, tastes, and appearances in the water. Write down the observations on each water sample, and identify which cup has which type of water.
3. After completed this step with making the observations, mark the guesses. Try to find out what types of impurities would you expect to find in the different sorts of water.
4. Then reveal which samples contained which sort.
This will help you a lot with the knowledge of the sources of water and what sort is better for you. Which type of it tasted best in your opinion? And maybe you can even figure out why? Which type of it would you consider safer to drink, groundwater from a spring, or surface water from a stream. All this answers will help you be conscious of the water you consume and the benefits it can offer to you.