Continuing the theme from last week, here are a few more facts about water and water history. Enjoy!
The New England Water Works Association held it’s first meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 19th, 1882. For the last 131 years, the NEWWA has worked to advance the knowledge, science, government awareness, public trust, and environmental stewardship of the water works profession. The first meeting included discussion on “topics such as wrought iron pipe, fish becoming stuck in service lines, eels in pipes and growth of sponge, algae and clams in reservoirs and pipes, all normal issues for the day.”
Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid. Wherever it travels, water carries chemicals, minerals, and nutrients with it. Water is also the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation.
While somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water, much more fresh water is stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface. The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water.
The faster water moves, the more easily it can pick up and carry things — like dirt and boulders, or even heavier items such as cows, cars and propane tanks, to name a few. This makes it possible for an innocent-looking stream to become a formidable flow when it gets going fast enough. In fact, a river can transport more than half of all the sediment it moves in a year in one big storm. Fast-moving water flow accounts for most devastation after a heavy rain or storm.