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Water is a tasteless odorless vital element in which 90 percent of all organisms depend on to survive It is one of the best-known ionizing agents and is frequently called the universal solvent Water combines with certain salts to form hydrates It reacts with metal oxides to form acids and it also acts as a catalyst in many important chemical reactions Not only is it essential to our health but it is also crucial in the household and the industrial world Every day we use water for cooking bathing cleaning and drinking but its rare that we often think about how the minerals that can be found in it could change the way we live our lives The majority of the population seems very reluctant about the knowledge of where the water we use actually originated before it entered our faucets When understanding the fundamentals of water and its minerals it is crucial to develop a better understanding of the whole process of water and how it is made accessible to us every day of our lives According to the Water Quality Association approximately 15percent of the Canadian population relies on individually owned and operated sources of drinking water such as wells cisterns and springs On the other hand about 80percent of the population receives water from a community system1 Household pumps and community water systems a generally used by the majority of consumers Household pumps are designed to pump ground water for household use while a community system may use surface water or ground water for its supply There are two main sources of water surface water and groundwater Surface water can be found in lakes rivers and reservoirs while ground water lies under the surface of the land Consumers who choose to have a private supply of ground water are solely responsible for the safety of their water The Water Quality Association states that even though private wells
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