Water
Ocean Acidification, Causes and Environmental Influences

Ocean Acidification, Causes and Environmental Influences

Ocean acidification is, simply put, the change of the pH balance of the waters in our oceans. The pH levels of the ocean’s waters drop and this is because the water absorbs what is called anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.   Anthropogenic carbon dioxide is basically carbon dioxide produced by humans. This is because...
What is Mineral Water?

What is Mineral Water?

Mineral waters, like the name suggests is a potable water that has a high mineral that has either added or is naturally occurring. The specific classification of “mineral water” is water having 250 or more ppm (parts per million) of mineral content. The specific mineral deposits will range, some of the common compounds are zinc,...
What is a Water Tower?

What is a Water Tower?

Those large, round tanks elevated in the sky are water towers. What is a water tower and what are they used for? A water tower is a holding tank, usually for a municipality or even a farm that is used to maintain water pressure. Through the help of gravity, water puts pressure in the pipes...
What is Hard Water?

What is Hard Water?

People who get their water from a well, likely know about hard water. What is hard water? Essentially a water is described as “hard” when it has a lot of minerals. “Soft” water is water that has a low levels of dissolved minerals. Although hard water is potable (or safe to drink) prolonged consumption may...
What is Distilled Water?

What is Distilled Water?

Water, even in its natural form contains trace elements, like minerals. Tap water too contains chemicals and potentially dangerous impurities depending on the municipality. One type of purified water without such impurities is distilled water. What is distilled water and how does the process occur? Distilled water completely lacks anything other than the simple H2O...
Hydroelectricity: How Energy is Made from Water

Hydroelectricity: How Energy is Made from Water

All the energy that most people enjoy so freely is derived at some point from natural resources. Water specifically is one resource that is used to generate electricity. There are two established ways to make hydroelectricity; via a water powered turbine (what the water wheel was to kinetic energy the turbine is to electricity) and...
What is Purified Water?

What is Purified Water?

These days there are so many different waters; tap, spring, mineral, distilled, even greywater. What, then is purified water? In general terms, purified water means the water has gone through a process to make it potable, or safe to drink. It is an over-arching category that indicates there was a human hand in making unfit...
What is Spring Water?

What is Spring Water?

Spring water, ahh, the natural beauty bubbling from the Earth’s ground. Often associated with myths and folklore, springs are welcomed on any landscape for providing a fresh and delicious source of potable water. What is spring water really? Is the stuff in bottles truly from a spring? Is there environmental harm caused by the spring...
What is a Water Table?

What is a Water Table?

If you’ve decided to go off grid and become a modern homesteader, you’ll likely need a well. While rainwater harvesting methods can help conserve and reuse the Earth’s precious blue gold, a well is a reliable source of water. Before purchasing land, you’ll need to assess if and at what approximate depth exists the water...
What is Water Conservation?

What is Water Conservation?

Water is a precious resource often taken for granted in developed countries where water is regularly supplied through a municipal source. Potable water flows into your toilets, is used in massive quantities for industrial cooling and cleaning, pumped from ancient springs into plastic bottles, and continuously wasted by individual and corporate use. Many believe that...
What is Water Well Drilling?

What is Water Well Drilling?

Water is generally taken for granted for people living in highly developed countries. Potable water flows effortlessly from the sink, shower or to the toilet. The exception of course is people living in rural areas or in undeveloped countries where connecting to the municipal water supply is simply not an option. In this case, water...
What is Potable Water?

What is Potable Water?

Potable water is the most valued resource in the world. What is potable water? Simply, it is water that is safe to drink. You drink it daily, possibly without giving it a thought. Potable water comes in many forms, clean and crisp spring water to heavily treated tap water. Although some drinking water is more...