Liquid Lifeline: Innovations That Extend the Life of Our Water Supply
The Earth is composed of 90% water. Some people may say that “Yeah, we have more than enough to spare.” But when you look at it more deeply, there are areas in the world that deal with issues regarding potable water shortage. This is because only a measly bit of that 90% is fresh water, and the supply is fast depleting.
Add that to the fact that humans need it for everyday activities such as drinking, bathing, and maintenance, and the problem seems only to grow bigger. Throughout history, we’ve been faced with droughts that almost endangered the world itself.
But don’t worry, humans have developed ways to innovate and reuse water for the better.
If scientists ever tell you just how many microorganisms are present in water, you may spill your guts just thinking about it. Luckily, a process called biological aerobic treatment exists. This kind of biological treatment of human wastewater helps eliminate 98% of harmful bacteria and other contaminants that are dangerous to our health.
It makes water go through systematic filtration and what is called an activated sludge process. Reactors and organisms break down the contaminants present and give us a cleaner, safer, and reusable supply for all our everyday needs. We do not need to think much about how many of those microorganisms there are.
Drinking Water Treatment
People have become ecologically conscious over the last few years because of studies supporting the truth about the lack of potable water supply. There are a lot of sources for freshwater, but not all of them are safe for drinking.
Faecal matter from fish as well as bacteria and amoeba can bring diseases to people if they simply drink straight from those sources. Sure, our ancestors may not have minded it then, but back in their time, there were more means for nature to purify the water.
Fortunately, we have treatment for drinking water that kills and filters most impurities that go into freshwater.
The phrase “reuse, reduce, recycle” doesn’t just apply to solid recyclable waste. Wastewater can also be used for a lot of other purposes such as plant sustenance and maintenance purposes. Such examples can be seen in most industrial and agricultural sites and help us save at least 40% more than when using a new supply every time.
Water is collected through a tank system and is stored for treatment and reuse. The best part is that this system is also available for the home. So if you want to do general cleaning or a car wash where you live, you may want to consider this and see a difference in your next month’s water bill.
The human body is mostly composed of water. It does not take much to understand that we can’t live without it and that the supply is becoming scarce as time passes by. We may face a lot of issues, both environmentally and socially. But we should still be mindful about the one thing that keeps us alive and thriving as a human race.