Ah, that’s good

The Yuck Factor
Tampa Bay has discussed drinking recycled water, but there must be other things we can do with it.

We use water, we pollute it and then we clean it. If we’re smart, we use it again, then repeat. Because there is no such thing as “new” water, the product that comes out of our pipe today was likely in someone else’s pipe not too long ago. Think about a river: people upstream take the water, use it, clean it and put it back into the river. The next community downstream does the same thing. And the community after that.

For a river like the Mississippi, where water travels from Minnesota to New Orleans….some estimates suggest the water has been through at least 12 people before it gets to the Gulf of Mexico! It’s important to know where your water comes from and the process it goes through to get to you. It’s very important to know that it’s not only safe; it’s the best water available.

In Hillsborough County you could be drinking some water from the Floridian Aquifer, Hillsborough River, Alafia River, groundwater, or even Tampa Bay.

Our drinking water is provided by Tampa Bay Water, a regional wholesaler. The Tampa Bay Water Board of Directors includes elected officials from member governments. Tampa Bay Water gets the water to the local government, which treats it and sends it out for distribution.

Treat Water Right

Drinking water isn’t pure—that’s true whether it comes from your well, your local government or a bottle. In fact most of the water from your tap is more closely regulated than bottled water. There are trace elements of many substances in our water supply.

Regulations on the safe quantities of contaminants (microorganisms, disinfection byproducts, organic and inorganic chemicals) allowed in our water supply are set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and are highly monitored to ensure water safety.

A complete list of regulated contaminants and quantities allowed can be found by clicking here: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/contaminants/

All treatment systems are effective in removing contaminants; some are just quicker and more efficient than others. Although it’s nearly impossible to assign a specific dollar amount to the cost of water treatment, it is fair to say that the more contaminants a water source carries, the more expensive the treatment. And, every day new technologies are making treatment more efficient and cost-effective.

The common treatment processes include: