1. Community Water Analysis
a. What are the major sources of the water supply? If you do not have well water where does the supplier/treatment plant obtain your water? If you have well water which watershed /aquifer does it come from?
b. How is drinking water treated (provide a detailed answer)?
c. Your Drinking Water.
1) What contaminants are tested for?
2) Has drinking water been analyzed recently for the presence of synthetic organic chemicals, especially chlorinated hydrocarbons?
d. Water violations.
1) How many times
during each of the past five years have levels of tested contaminants violated
2) Was the public notified about the violations? (Contact your City, Village, Town, Township, County or County Extension to get the answer to this question.)
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e. Water usage.
1) How is water use divided among agricultural, industrial, power plant cooling, and public uses in your community?
2) Who are the biggest consumers of water?
f. Identify and list current water cost per gallon and compare this cost to the cost of a gallon of bottled water at a store. Cost per gallon of bottled water can, usually, be found on the shelf sticker on the store shelf where you would find bottled water.)
g. Are storm drains and sanitary sewers combined or separate in your area? Make an analysis of the pros and the cons of having separate or combined storm drains and sanitary sewers. (Contact your City, Village, Town, Township, County or County Extension to get the answer to this question.)
Most of the above information can be found at your local library. Some information can be found in the County's Annual Report and each city provides an annual Drinking Water Quality Report. You can also contact your local water department. The phone number should be on your water bill. Many cities have the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report online.
An alternative method to answering the above questions would be to go and visit your local WASTE water treatment plant and ask for a tour of the plant.
2. Home Water Usage Analysis
a. Household Water Use for 3 Days (Copy chart and paste into your report)
3. Summarize the application containing "what you did" and "what you found out" concerning this activity.
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20 September 2014