Gainesville is blessed with an large quantity of water. Much of the water originates in the Okeefenokee Swamp in Georgia and is boosted at numerous “recharge” sites where rainwater trickles into our aquifers across Florida.
The water passes through three types of Aquifers: the shallow (Surficial), the Intermediate and the Floridian. Bear in mind that even the deep Floridian Aquifer in N. Florida is only one hundred to two hundred ft and in fact comes to the ground at many different locations where it is really at hazard of becoming polluted.
During the last 40 to 50 years our precious water system has been made vulnerable to an assault of pollutants, natural and man-made, and the damaging consequences are turning up even in our aquifers.
Origins of impurities in Florida’s drinking water:
Chemicals: Pesticides, Herbicides, Arsenic and other manufactured compounds run into sinkholes, rivers and streams and sooner or later end up in our Florida aquifers.
Across the country, billions of pounds of discharge sludge and toxins are thrown out into our prairies, lakes, rivers, and oceans yearly. North Florida is a microcosm of this particular same phenomena.
Manufacturing toxins such as sulfur and nitrogen oxides belching from manufacturing smoke stacks in the South East fall as acid rain in Alachua County.
Cadmium from batteries and paint, population growth, suburban and urban sprawl stress fresh water supply.
Chlorine and other disinfectants used by municipalities to control viruses and bacteria result in THM’s and disinfection by products detrimental to our health and wellness.
As rain falls from the sky, it passes through billows of industrial toxins creating carbonic acid. This increases the “universal solvent” power of water to liquefy a little bit of all that it touches. Once it strikes the earth, especially in metropolitan areas, it flows along the surface areas washing parking area, roads, etc. of oils, grease, animal waste, etc. subsequently uncovering a area where it starts to sink into the ground’s surface. As water flows through the ground it picks up additional contaminants.
This broadens the ability of water to dissolve a little of all the things it touches. As water flows through the soil it picks up extra contaminants.
As water flows through Porous rocks like shale and limestone– water picks up inorganic minerals that lead to water hard and counterbalance the water’s acidity. Hard water and its residue produce problems in your home and on your body.
Iron carrying rocks– water accumulates iron, which results in rust and reddish stains in apparel and sinks.
Manganese –water collects the propensity to stain things dark and to convey a bitter flavor.
Sand– water maintains its acid condition and can dissolve pipe joints and sink fixtures.
Marshy or swampy areas– water becomes more acidic as it blends with gasses such as methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. It may also take on color from tannins and lignins .
Sink holes/cracks in our Karst topography– Toxins washed off the the planet’s surface can run directly into our drinking water aquifers.
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