Journey to The Tap: How Water Gets to Your Home
When we wake up each morning and turn on our faucets to brush our teeth or take a shower, rarely do we consider the process in which the water coming from the faucet gets there. As we’ve always stated here at Murfreesboro Water Resources Department, water is essential to life and although our world’s supply of water is abundant it takes a very rigorous procedure to provide potable, clean water to our homes and businesses.
The biggest misconception about the process of residential and commercial water supply is that water is taken directly from the oceans, distributed throughout our country, and conserved in local water tanks before it gets to our faucets. Some of this is true, however there’s so much more to the process. For instance, depending on where we live, our drinking water could come from either surface water or groundwater, with either going through its own process to get to our sinks.
Surface water comes from our oceans, lakes, and rivers; groundwater comes from the wells that water suppliers drill into aquifers. From there, the water that comes to our homes goes through our local public water system. Once the local public water utilities have analyzed the water by sending it through filters and treating the water with chemicals to remove certain impurities, it is now safe to drink.
But that’s not the final step! After being treated and filtered, the water then stored in a reservoir and gets pumped through underground pipes (or water mains) to your house or business.
For Murfreesboro residents, the MWRD hosts the entire system of a public water infrastructure in our area. Here we treat your water at our treatment plant and offer water utility and billing services.
**For more information concerning your water’s journey to the tap, contact the Water Resources Department at 615-848-3209 or schedule a tour with our Stones River Water Treatment Plant by calling Joe Russell at (615) 848-3222.
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