Anyone that has traveled will know that the taste of water can vary a great deal in another country, and it may even be dramatically different in another part of their own state! In fact, it’s not just the taste; the water may have a different odor or texture that may be more pleasant than what you’re used to at home. When you think about it, this is a strange trait for water to have. After all, water is just hydrogen combined with oxygen isn’t it? In reality, the makeup of drinking water can be far more complex, and we will explore that in more detail in this article.

Water is a Solvent

Many people are unaware that water is an effective solvent, and over time it can dissolve pretty much any material. So, what happens to the material that it dissolves? Well, the characteristics of the material that water comes into contact with are typically added to the water itself. Water initially falls as rain on the ground; it passes through consecutive layers of rock and/or soil that contain various organic and inorganic materials. The water may then soak through the ground and enter an underground aquifer, or it may simply runoff into a stream, river, lake, or other surface water body. As you can imagine, this makes water in one area quite different from water in another area.

Local and Not so Local Factors

The geographic features and local activities occurring around the water as it makes its way to your home determine the water makeup. So, if you live in rural area, you may have pesticides or agricultural runoff contamination. If you live in an industrial area, you may have problems related to industrial pollution, such as chemicals or heavy metals. This seems logical enough, but there is an extra twist, water can travel vast distances before it reaches your well or the local water treatment plant. So, the water that you use may have taken on properties of materials that it has come into contact from other areas too.

Public Water or Private Well?

As we mentioned above, the water will be altered to a private well or a public water treatment plant depending on the materials it has come into contact with. As an example: if you have a private well in an area where the rocks are rich in sulfur, it’s highly likely that your water will be sulfurous. Well users are responsible for their own water treatment, and public water users rely on the systems used at their local water treatment plant. But, the processes used to remove contaminants should vary according to the water received in each area. In reality, this is not the case, and for the sake of simplicity, a one size fits all approach is adopted. For this reason, many people install their own water treatment systems at home to ensure that they have good quality water.

If you’re interested in improving your water quality at home, contact a local water treatment specialist for expert help and advice.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.