Monday, March 23, 2009

Water, water. Everywhere?

UPDATE: Unfortunately, my interview with the geologist fell through. She called while I was waiting for her to show up and explained that she had been in an area without cell phone towers and had been trying to call me to let me know. I will reschedule the interview. Thanks to all of you for the great input on this important topic.

Where does it come from? How does it get from there to here (i.e., my faucet)? What's a water table? A watershed? Ever hear of stream restoration? What's the difference between city water and well water and why the difference in taste? If you live in the country and have a well, does the water you use for watering lawns and gardens trickle back down through the earth and back into the water table? If so, why should those with well water worry about water conservation?

If you have a natural pond on your property that's been there for years, who really owns it? Is it considered a natural wetland? Why are swamps/wetlands protected in some areas, aren't they just mud pits and mosquito breeding grounds? How much water is used by gardeners and farmers? Who's responsible for water pollution from chemical runoff? What are you telling someone when you say: "It flows downstream"? How often should you have your water tested if you drink well water?

These are questions that I hope will be answered after I research my article "Water, water. Everywhere?" One of my sources is a geologist with Stream Restoration Incorporated and The Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition, I'll be interviewing her for the article.


Flavored water?

12 comments:

Susie said...

Those are great questions TC, sorry I don't have the answers for ya.

Flavored water, how funny!

Terri said...

Timely topic - I'll bet you'll find some good stuff!

You are the "badist" blogger on the block, TC! :)

flowrgirl1 said...

I took an environmental law class about four years ago. It answered all most all of those questions. I will have to dig through my notes to refresh my memory!

Harmon said...

I think due to increasing water pollution everyone should aware of the importance of water treatment. Weather it is on a local level or Industrial level. I think if industries properly handle their waste water, we can solve many water pollution problems. Industrial water treatment consultant should be helpful in this regard.

Dave said...

Good questions! It should be an interesting write up!

TC said...

Ms. Susie: I don't know the answers to most of them myself! ;~)

Ms. Terri: (I always feel like I'm addressing myself when I reply to you.) I hope to write about this topic in a series of monthly articles. There's SO much folks should know about water.

Flowrgirl1. If you find a legal answer that pertains to Pennsylvania waters, let me know, and thanks!

Harmon: Thanks for stopping by and thanks especially for leaving a comment. The industrial water treatment link should be a good resource I can use for my article.

Dave: I'm thinking it should be done as a monthly series. There's so much I think the public should be aware of that it's going to be all but impossible to get it all out in one article.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I can tell you wetlands are vitally important for many reasons and that not all or even most wetlands are protected in most areas. I've been a member of the Natural Land Institute for years. We have numerous wetland projects underway-- all volunteer and made possible by the donations of land from caring citizens.
Marnie

tina said...

Really strange picture TC. Interesting though. I think whoever owns the land owns the water and they have a responsibility to maintain it. Here in our county they do monitor water quality, especially for streams that flow thru several properties. A big issue. Good luck on your research.

MrBrownThumb said...

Good questions and some I hadn't thought of but was reminded of during the Chicago Flower & Garden Show earlier in the month.

Although it is hard to think of water conservation when it is raining so much. :0)

Frances said...

Hi TC, I have a feeling you are going to find out a whole lot of stuff that might cause some agitation. We have never lived in a place that uses well water, but know many that do, including good friends in PA. Care must be taken for all of our water resources to remain as clean as possible. We are lucky with our city water here, it gets good marks on all the measurings, and tastes good. It is the best tap water of anyplace we have ever lived in fact.
Frances

TC said...

Ms. Marnie: I think it's great that you're involved with that organization. I read a little bit from their latest newsletter and it sounds like they're doing a lot to preserve natural lands in your state.

Ms. Tina: I thought I looked really handsome in that photo, don't you??
I have a small pond in my yard, that was here when we moved in. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do anything but look at it. But I've not checked. I'd love to beautify that area, but I know it'd cost a small fortune. And small fortunes are hard to come by these days.

Mr. BT: We're getting the rain today. But it's needed.

Ms. Frances: I used to live in town and they had awful water. Maybe they've cleaned it up since I left.

Harmon said...

Industrial sector is consuming vast amount of water. Major problem with industrial water usage is a huge percentage out of this water consumed leads to production of wastewater which may or may not degrade quality of nearby resource. Industrial waste water treatment specialist likewaterstsolutions should be consult in this regard.