As defined by the scientific community, water contains an atom of oxygen along with two atoms of hydrogen. According to the expert staff of GE Pro Elite, water is most commonly found in the world’s rivers, oceans and lakes. The water that people drink and use each day stems from one of two leading sources that are readily available – groundwater (melting snow or rain water) and surface water (rivers, oceans, lakes, streams and reservoirs).
On a daily basis, the typical American may use as much as 100 gallons of water. The GE Pro Elite team acknowledges that this might sound like a large number. However, drinking water is just a small fraction of this total. Water is also an integral part of many everyday household tasks like washing dishes, watering lawns, cleaning clothes, performing lawn care and disposing waste. The GE Pro Elite team reports that a miniscule amount of water supplied to American homes – 1 percent – is actually dedicated to drinking purposes.
Where does water typically come from? The GE Pro Elite team says that the community’s water supply is transported by a series of pipes. These pipes move the water towards a treatment facility. Another option for many of today’s homes and businesses is to arrange for the installation of a certified water cooler or the purchase of bottled water.
Untreated, raw water is obtained from a source of surface water (rivers, lakes) or underground aquifers. After arriving at a treatment facility, the water supply is stripped of all silt and leaves and submitted to disinfection process that eliminates microorganisms. The network of pumps and pipes used to distribute the water supply to a community is called a distribution system, explains the GE Pro Elite team. All distribution systems in the United States must uphold the standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.