This fundamental system keeps fresh, clean water coming into our houses, and takes away the dirty stuff. But people might not realize what actually goes into it.
The urban water cycle is different than the hydrologic cycle, which accounts for environmental condensation, precipitation and evaporation. The urban water cycle is the engineered methods that bring clean water to each of us. These methods and the people that operate them are the unsung heroes in a complex story playing out right beneath our feet.
So, how does clean water reach our homes when we open the tap? Let’s take a closer look at the eight steps of the cycle.
There is a lot happening when we consider how clean water gets to all of us. The cities and water utilities responsible deserve a pat on the back.
Miles Jensen is a water engineer and regional practice center leader who understands the importance of clean water and the critical role our public facilities play in the process. Contact Miles