The Effects Of Standard Water Treatment On The Great Miami River

746 Words Mar 17th, 2016 3 Pages
“Unmasking “fresh water”

Until recently I hadn’t given much attention to the type of water consumed both by myself and by my family. During a recent geology lecture I was shocked, appalled and amazed to discover how little treatment is actually conducted on water before it is released back into the original source. In an effort to better understand the subject, I have reviewed many materials both online and in print. I have contacted my city and spoken to several experts on the topic. I have learned that not all municipalities treat waste water in the same way. In some cases cities are aware of the ramifications and limitations of standard water treatment and are seeking assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency or other sources to improve. For example, I discovered on my cities website that they are currently seeking funds to improve the facilities to aid in preventing future algae blooms on the Great Miami River which is our source of water.

Cost is not the only hurdle in improving or revamping water treatment, although it is a common problem for many municipalities. Lack of available, consistent and accessible research as well as antiquated facilities with limited room for expansion are also common concerns facing cities looking to improve water treatment. Another concern in the battle of water treatment is improper use by consumers. Many consumers today still flush or pour away toxic chemicals such as paint, sulfites, pharmaceuticals, illegal…

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