Water is one of the most important resources that the Earth has to offer. While we take it for granted, it comes to us in many different ways.
I get my everyday drinking water from a utility, such as a sink. Since my drinking water comes from a utility, that means that it goes through a whole process to become sanitized for me to use and drink.??????????????????????????????????????????????? The first step in the process of receiving clean, drinking water is an operation known as coagulation and flocculation. Coagulation is chemicals where positive particles form together in order to counterbalance the dirt and other foreign particles in the water.
These chemicals then combine to form floc which settles in the bottom. Since floc is so heavy and settles down the bottom of the water supply, it becomes a process known as sedimentation. After the floc sediments, the clean water is then filtered through various formations, like charcoal and sand, in order to clear the water of the excess particles that decide to stick around such as dust, chemicals, and bacteria. Once that process is completed, the final step of having our drinking water pumped to our utilities is disinfection. While the water makes its final run, disinfection such as chlorine, use added in order to deliver the final blow to germs such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Once that’s finished, clean water is then gushed out of the faucet for the next time you or I need some water. An estimation of how much water I pay per gallon of drinking water comes in a lot of variables.
The average cost of drinking water in the U.S. is 1.50 dollars per 1,000 gallons. So one gallon costs less than a penny. In my household with a party of 6, the estimate would be 4.45 per 1,000 gallons.
Since my family uses over 3000-6000 gallons of water, that totals around 80 dollars to 100. Gas for my car is around 35 dollars for 14 gallons. While I don’t drink that much milk, we spend about 2.55 dollars for one gallon of milk every two weeks.
Ultimately, water is more expensive than gasoline and milk because people are willing to pay more for what they consider to be healthy for them.