Your Waters Pilgrimage to Your Home
Water is one of the most important things in your life. Without water, you pretty much would not be able to survive. It is something that we are so lucky to have such easy access to. On average, a household uses 149 liters of water a day for just one person. Let’s put that into perspective, that is equal to 298 regular bottles of Coca-Cola, how crazy is that? The water that we use is mostly used for drinking, cooking, cleaning, showering/bathing, washing clothes, gardening and even more, especially during summer months. It is crazy how much water we use in the UK.
Many people in the UK believe that because we are an island, it rains all time the time and the supply of water is pretty much infinite. This, however, is incorrect. Salt water is incredibly hard to desalinate, so we rely on freshwater supplies such as rivers, lakes, and rivers for our water. Because of our reliance of freshwater supplies, if we do not get enough rain then it is an issue. Believe it or not, London and the Southeast get less rain than Sydney and have less water available per individual person than Sudan. To put a few things straight, here at PJ Bryer, we will show you exactly what happens to water before it reaches the plumbing in your home so that you understand how important it is to be smarter with water.
As previously mentioned, our water supply in the UK relies on freshwater supplies. The first stage of the process of water traveling to the plumbing in your home is the evaporation from lakes, rivers, streams and more freshwater supplies. Water is evaporated to water vapour when it is heated by the sun. As the water evaporates, it cools and begins to condense, forming together into little water droplets. When enough of these water droplets form together, they form clouds.
Eventually, the droplets in the clouds will begin to get too heavy and clouds will become grey. When clouds become grey, it begins to rain. The rain from these clouds will fall into reservoirs, drainage systems, rivers, streams or on to land. The water that falls is then sent to water treatment plants or back in to the rivers. Water that falls on the ground is called groundwater. Below the surface there are natural underground water sources; boreholes collect water from these sources and are commonly known as Aquifers. Aquifers collect the water and directly transfer water to treatment plants.
Drains send water back to the rivers, lakes and the sea after it has had biological treatment. Water in drains is collected from water waste in your home and is carried to drains via plumbing. Water in drains is also collected via drains in streets. When water from drains has had biological treatment, it is then sent back to the rivers, lakes and the sea for the evaporation process to begin again. This is why this process is known as the water cycle.
Water is very commonly collected from the surfaces of reservoirs in the UK directly to water treatment plants. Reservoirs are commonly an enlarged natural or artificial lake, pond or impoundment used to store water. They store water but also can be used for many other purposes. In Bristol, one of the most commonly used and largest reservoirs is Chew Valley Lake. As well as being used to collect water, Chew Valley Lake is an excellent place to go fishing, do watersports, birdwatch, sail and more. If you wish to visit Chew Valley Lake, you must first check out the list of activities there with more information. Please refer to the activities page on the Bristol Water website!
Time For Treatment
Freshwater you find in rivers and lakes is clean enough to support wild animals and plants, but it is probably not a good idea for humans to drink it. This is because most of us have always had clean drinking water, so our immune systems would not be able to combat common waterborne diseases in lake and river water. In the past, humans used to collect water from wild running sources such as mountain water, which is completely safe to drink. Humans in the past also had stronger immune systems, but with clean drinking water, we have adapted to only be able to be safe drinking clean drinking water. Did you know there is a product called a LifeStraw that enables you to drink from any water source? The straw has been tested in the harshest conditions and removes a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and parasites. This straw is perfect for expeditions in remote places. Check it out and find out more about the LifeStraw on Amazon.
For water to be safe for consumption, it has to sanitized in a treatment plant. When the water is first pumped into the treatment plant, it is screened to remove branches and leaves. Once the water is unpopulated of leaves and branches, it goes through a special process of removing particles by inflating them with a special solution that inflates them to make them easier to identify. After this, the water is filtered and has a small amount of chlorine added to it to kill off any remaining organisms or bacteria. The water is then tested before it is then sent for distribution. Each year, over half a million samples of water are tested to make sure it’s of optimum quality before it enters our homes.
It’s Go Time
After full treatment, clean water is pumped through over network pipes, which then is connected to the plumbing in our homes. Water pressure helps to pump water through the pipes to your home. When the water reaches your home, the pressure, and momentum that is provided by the pumps partially dissipates. The pressure is needed to pump water into your home and to your sinks, taps, showers, appliances and more. Low pressure can result in water coming out slowly or not coming out at all. If you are experiencing any of these issues in the Bristol area, contact PJ Bryer so our plumbers can resolve this issue. Water is a key part of daily life and being without enough of it can cause major problems. For more information about our plumbing services, please refer to our local plumber page.
Once the water is inside your home, your main water line runs directly to your water heater. Just before connecting with the water heater, your main line splits into two different pipe paths. These are called hot and cold service lines. When you turn on a sink’s water faucet, you’re opening the valve at the end of either the hot or cold service lines or both. Without the valve in place to block it, water flows out of the faucet.
Every water appliance in your home with hot and cold water settings contains intake pipes that connect with both the hot and cold water supply lines. The two intake pipe connections ensure appliances can receive hot and cold water. The only time the waters will ever collide is when you turn both intake pipe valves at once, by turning each of the faucets.
Does this sound right?
If this is different from how the water runs in your home or you have encountered a problem that has been mentioned. Please contact our plumbers at PJ Bryer. We operate our expert plumbing and emergency plumbing services throughout the Bristol area. Our plumbers have all been thoroughly trained and have the correct experience to carry out work without fault. Additionally, to the quality of our plumbing services, we also operate 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. For more information, please refer to our 24/7 Plumber page,