What Are the Steps in the Water Treatment Process?
There’s nothing quite as refreshing as sipping clean, fresh water from a crisp mountain spring, but unfortunately this usually only happens in bottled water commercials. For most homeowners, the only way to get crisp, good-tasting tap water at home is with a water purifier. But how exactly do purifiers work? Read on to learn about the four main steps in the water purification process, also known as the water treatment process.
Step One – Screening
The first step in the water treatment process includes straining water through metal screens. This is typically done at the source of the water intake.
Step Two – Coagulation/flocculation
After the initial screening, a coagulant (thickener) is added and the water is mixed rapidly. The water is then slowed, which allows the particles to come together in clumps known as “flocs.”
Step Three – Filtration
Next, the water is transmitted through a filter made of materials such as sand, gravel, charcoal, or anthracite. This step of the process helps to remove any remaining particles or microscopic organisms.
Step Four – Disinfection
After filtration, the water is disinfected using chloramines, which are a combination of chlorine and ammonia. This step of the process helps protect the water by killing any bacteria that remain. Also, during this phase, fluoride is often added to promote good dental health.
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To learn more about the steps in the water treatment process, and how a home water filtration system can help dramatically improve the quality of the tap water at your Nashville-area home, contact the home improvement experts at American Home Design. We’ve proudly served homeowners throughout Tennessee and beyond since 1977 and would love to add you to our long list of satisfied customers.