Monday, August 15, 2011

August is National Water Quality Month



Aquarius Systems, makers of some of the finest Aquatic Plant Management Equipment in the world, reminds us that August is National Water Quality Month. Here is a little blurb from their recent newsletter:

August is National Water Quality Month
So, What is Water Quality?

Water quality is defined as the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of water. It is a measure of the condition of water relative to the requirements of one or more living species and or to any human need or purpose. Simply put, it is knowing that the water you use for a specific purpose is safe. For example; the water you use to wash your car may not be suitable for drinking; or the lake is great for boating, but hazardous for swimmers. For most people water quality is simply knowing if the water is good enough for drinking, playing in, or if the lakes are safe for plants, animals, and recreation.

More often nowadays, we are hearing situations where the quality of water is not good enough for normal uses. Bacteria and microorganisms have gotten into drinking-water supplies causing illness; sewage spills have occurred forcing people to boil their water as well as close beaches; oil spills endanger plant and animal life; and, runoff containing pollutants such as phosphorous channel into streams and lakes leading to excessive aquatic plant growth.

Learn the Issues: Water

Interesting Facts about Water
• To manufacture one car, including tires, 147,972 liters of water are used.
• 13% of municipal piped water is lost in pipeline leaks.
• The human brain is 75% water.
• Outdoor watering uses 35 liters of water each minute (over 9 gallons).
• One drop of oil can make up to 25 liters of water unfit for drinking.
• Half of world’s wetlands have been lost since 1900.
• Each year, over 89 billion liters of bottled water are sold.

Visit aquarius-systems.com for a link to more interesting water facts.
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Source: Aquarius Systems
200 North Harrison Street
North Prairie, Wisconsin WI

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