Water for Today and Tomorrow
Sylvia Amaya, TNRCC (now TCEQ)
We have only a limited amount of water. The same drops keep moving in a circle from the Earth to the sky and then back to the Earth again as rain or snow. Water disappears from the Earth's surface, turns into clouds, falls again as rain or snow. It then runs back to lakes and rivers, the oceans and even sometimes makes its way underground.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) measures the quality of the water in streams, lakes and reservoirs to ensure that it is safe for people, fish and plants. When water quality professionals refer to water quality, they are talking about the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of water.
Every time you flush the toilet or run water down a drain, the wastewater is sent through pipes under the ground to a place called a wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater is sent through the treatment plant which cleans out the dirty waste.
The treated wastewater an be poured into lake, stream or river. The treated wastewater mixes with the fresh water and can be used again by people, plants and animals. The mixed water is later collected into separate pipes under the ground to a place called a water treatment plant. This is where the water is treated again to make sure it is safe to drink.
Water is the lifeblood of our planet, state,city and community. Yet it is being depleted and used far more quickly than it is being replenished. So we all must do our part to learn and teach the importance of water and the wise use of it. This will ensure an adequate supply of water for ourselves and future generations. Water conservation is especially critical during times of drought.
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