Water Quality

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Water Testing Sewage

Water Testing

   Sometimes it feels like we take water for granted. Not only do we use it to hydrate ourselves, but also use water to wash ourselves, our clothes, and the dishes! Our source of water comes from the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, and it’s not looking too fresh. However, there are water plants: the Baxter Plant, the Queen Lane Plant, and the Belmont Plant that clean and purify that water so that when it travels through miles of pipes, it arrives to our sinks with no hassle, right? Well, the process may seem smooth, but there are times where things can take a bad turn. As it travels through the pipes from the water plants to our homes, that water can still be re-exposed to contaminants and pollutants. When someone drinks dirty water, the short-term effects are diarrhea, vomiting, stomach aches; if someone were to drink it for a long period of time, it can cause cancer, specifically leukemia, infertility, and developmental problems for young infants.

    Even though the water is tested before it leaves one of the three plants, after traveling through miles of pipes, water can be contaminated. In 2019, 90% of Philadelphia residents had 3.0 ppb and 0.28 ppb of lead and copper, respectively. This means that there were 3.0 parts per billion of small amounts of contaminant in our drinking water. This is a good thing; low levels of contaminant is in our water! However, the other 10% of residents do not have that luxury. Their water may contain high levels of these chemicals due to corrosion in their pipes or erosion of natural deposits. Students who live in these homes may have to rely on their schools to get clean water. However, there could be an adversity where some public school students in Philadelphia have expressed their concern about contaminated water in the water fountains. While Philly schools are now working to solve these problems, there still needs more work to be done, in both schools and in the Philadelphia community. If you’re curious about the water quality in your area, you can check out this link here.

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Getting Clean Water

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Getting Clean Water

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Sewage

    The city of Philadelphia receives over 10 inches of rain above the national average on an annual basis. While there are many benefits of more rain, the surplus of storm water runoff has caused problems in many areas of the city. One of the most profound problems is the cross connections of storm water runoff and sewage runoff, which have affected the lives of many residents’ access to clean sanitation and drinking water. This has become a common occurrence throughout the history of the city.

    The city’s rainwater management system is one of the oldest in the nation. Built in the 1800’s it involves capturing storm water and sewage runoff in the same underground catch basin to pipe system. Through this underground system, the mixed runoff is then sent to one of three water treatment plants, and the treated water is then sent to lakes, ponds, and the Delaware River. During storms of great magnitude, many times these basins overflow, causing the mix of sewage and storm water to flood the surface, and pollute the soil, asphalt, and residential properties. This has been a major problem in Philadelphia for years and there have been many attempts to create awareness of this issue. More modern cities such as San Diego and Austin have developed separate pipes for sewage flow in order to prevent these cross connections. While environmental activists have fought extensively to raise awareness, much of the public remains unaware of such issues.

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