Water is the most essential thing in our lives. It’s a key component of all living organisms and the planet. There is about 70% of the water on earth available to humans and we use about 59% for industrial, domestic, and livestock purposes but surprisingly around 25% of all water used by humans is actually used for sewage treatment as well as irrigation.
The average consumption of water by a human being is around 100 gallons per day. Although it might sound like a lot, we need it in order to live.
These are three grades of water quality:
Drinking Grade Water
Drinking grade water is made up of freshwater that flows from natural springs and wells. This is the kind of water that you would find sold in bottles, or that can be made with an in home water filter for your residence. The water comes in contact with no chemicals or pollution, making the quality of the water very high. The process of getting drinking grade water is simple. Once it’s been collected, filtration and purification processes are performed to ensure the quality remains high before it can be bottled and sold. Because of its high quality, drinking grade water can be sold for higher prices than normal tap water.
Drinking grade water is made up of mostly hydrogen and oxygen molecules, with trace elements (which does not equal contaminants or impurities) such as sodium and chloride. Drinking grade water has many benefits because it is neutral and beneficial to the human body.
Working Grade Water
Working Grade water is the treated water that emerges from a water treatment process. This is the kind of water that you might find flowing from your tap. It is used for cleaning, heating and other miscellaneous purposes. The water is usually taken from reservoirs, lakes and rivers that are not used for drinking water. It must be filtered before use, and appropriate quality control methods are used. It should always be treated as if it is contaminated.
Working Grade water is generally not treated to the same specifications of Drinking Grade water. These specifications are very strict, including many tests in the US EPA’s “Drinking Water Standards”. Therefore, Working Grade water may not be appropriate for many uses such as drinking or cooking. For these reasons, some people choose not to drink Working Grade water or use it in food preparations that will be consumed raw (e.g., ice cream).
Although Working Grade water does not meet the same specifications as Drinking Grade water, a Working Grade system will filter out most of the impurities and contaminants found in water, including almost all pathogens.
Utility Grade Water
This water originates from an underground source such as a well or a spring. You might find this kind of water flowing from a hose in your backyard or pumped out of a well if you have one on your property. This water is considered the most dependable due to its freedom of location. This water is equivalent to well water and has a higher mineral content than municipal or surface water. This type of water typically has a lower concentration of dissolved solids than other types of water and is generally less expensive due to the absence of additional treatment processes necessary for its use.
Utility grade water can be used for human consumption, irrigation, or industrial uses. Utility grade water may have been collected by drilled wells, cisterns, or rain capture (elevated reservoirs). In many cases, the water has undergone additional treatment processes such as filtration and softening.
In conclusion, water quality is a critical factor to consider for a healthy and safe lifestyle. At San Antonio Water Solutions, we are committed to providing our clients with the best possible solutions for water softener service and water filtration systems in San Antonio TX to ensure clean and safe water for their homes or business. With years of experience and expertise, our team is equipped to help you make informed decisions about your water usage, so you can have peace of mind knowing your water supply is safe. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a better, healthier life.