The Quality of Water We Drink.
AZIMA WELLNESS 66 DAYS LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENT AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE CHALLENGE.
The Quality of water we drink.
Water quality is a measure of the condition of water relative to the requirements of the biotic species so as to satisfy their required needs. Quality test is undertaken to ensure we get clean water for our usage. It is not just water that we require but the right quality of water is mandatory to ensure life continuity.
What is good water and where does it come from?
Water on Earth cycles from the oceans where it evaporates when heated by the sun into the atmosphere, forms clouds, falls onto the land as rain, travels downstream in rivers, dams, water pans, lakes and from underground aquifers then finally ends up in the ocean — collectively this process is known as water cycle.
From the above, the three main sources of water are: groundwater aquifers, surface water and rainwater. We should protect and guard these sources of both plant and animal life support. “Water is life” as the popular old say has it.
Major sources of water.
The following are best examples:
1. Oceans and Seas (marine):
saline or salty water that comprises the 7 seas and ocean(s) and cover 71% of the earth. The concentration of salt in seawater (salinity) is about 35% this means that for every 1 liter (1000 mL) of seawater there are 35 grams of salts. This is the largest water source with an estimated volume of 1.332 billion cubic kilometers, or 96%. To use this water for human and animal life, it has to go through a process of desalination. This is an expensive process that should be considered as the last option
2. Rain Water:
When evaporated water cools and condenses in the atmosphere, it falls back to earth in the form of rain. This is good water at this level. We have used roofs to our houses to trap and collect this water in tanks and drums for ages to catch fresh water. However air pollution has changed the quality of the water that hit the roof around the world. The pH can vary depending on contaminants present in the air from 4.5 to 7.7. Very low pH produces acid rain. PH 0f 5.6 produces normal water
3. Glacial or Ice Melt:
Glaciers are a composite of different snow falls which have accumulated over the millennia. They advance and retreat over time. Retreating glacier often contribute ground up surface material called rock flour that lends a blue color characteristic of glacial lakes. Otherwise ice is salt and mineral free. This contributes to about 3% of total water share. The melting of these glaciers due to global warming is causing a lot of concern to the world. It causing the water levels on the coastlines to rise to dangerous levels. This is why global warming is on big focus in the world today.
This is water from lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. They get to be replenished from rainfall and ice melt. Mostly fresh water get contaminated when it comes in contact with chemicals or human waste. We have two types of lakes. Fresh water lakes which have an outlet and salt water lakes that only collects water but have no outlet. Water in lakes can be clear or murky and generally contain organic elements from bacteria to alligators. It is therefore not good for human use unless tested and proved to meet good standards.
4. Ground Water:
Ground water seeps into the earth through porous soil and fractures in surface rocks. It then collects into underground reservoirs or aquifers. The oxic-anoxic character depends on distance from the source and mobility of the subsurface water. Typically the deeper the water the more brackish it becomes. Many communities where there is no adequate rain and rives drill boreholes to get water.
5. Others sources.
Other sources of water refers to water we get from plants like vegetables and fruits. This is organic water and are the best primary sources of pure water if the plants are grown organically without any chemicals. There are many hydrating vegetables that we should eat to hydrate the body. This is why nutritionist recommend we consume 50% of our meal as vegetables and preferably raw salad. Juicing the vegetables in the right mix is also a good way to hydrate the body as well as give it essential minerals and nutrients Fruits are highly recommended because they are always eaten raw. Caution is required with fruits because some contain high level of fructose. Do not east too much of either the sweet or acidic fruits and limit intake of fruit juice or dilute it with water.
Examples of hydrating fruits & vegetables.
Other organic water sources include water harvested by organic methods like filtration by plants. We also have mineral water that occur naturally from rocks with essential mineral to our body but because of commercial interest, it has become the practice these days to purify water and introduce various minerals to the water and call it mineral water. Some of these minerals like fluoride and Nitrate are not good for our health. Read more on these articles
Always check the label on your mineral water bottle to confirm what minerals have been added to it and in what quantities and make the right choices. Now you know the good and the not so good water. Always make informed lifestyle decisions for better health.
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With Profound Respect,
Coach Maina Azimio.
ICF- Accredited Certified Professional Coach,
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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