Treating water has been around for a very long time. In fact, water treatment dates back to 2000 BC. We knows this because the ancient Greek and Sanskrit (India) writings indicate that the use of heating water to help clean it. The know how to strain the water to remove sand and other granule materials.
The Egyptians discovered coagulation, the destabilization of colloidal particles brought about by the addition of a chemical reagent called as coagulant. Evidence of the purification technique were found on the wall of the tomb of Amenophis II and Ramses II.
The Romans built the first aqueducts in 300 – 200 BC. During this time, they also invented the pulley system. This is how they would relocate massive amounts of water from one place to another. Evidence of a wooden pulley system was found at Bar Hill Roman Fort. During 500 – 1500 AD the Roman Empire failed and enemy forces destroyed the Romans aqueducts which set back the water treatment development tremendously.
During the 1700’s, water filters were applied. The filters were made of wool, sponge and charcoal. Shortly thereafter, the first water treatment plant was built in Scotland. The first water pipes were soon installed with an objective to create more accessible drinking water. An outbreak of cholera epidemic spread through the water in 1854. John Snow, a British Scientist, ruled that the outbreak was from a water pump that was contaminated by sewage water. Snow was able to begin the disinfection phase by applying chlorine to help purify the water.
In 1902 – 1903, a few red flags were thrown up due to the usage of chlorine to disinfect the water. To prevent the negative effects of chlorine from occurring, homeowners installed water filters and shower filters. In 1903, water softening was invented as a technique for water desalination.
In 1972, the Clean Water Act was passed in the United States. In 1974 the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was formulated. The general principle in the developed act was that every person had the right to access safe drinking water.
People have been treating water for a very long time. Thanks to technology, the methods have transformed into a quicker and easier to use water filtering solution. Although, there has been a lot of progress made in the water filtering industry, there is still more to be done. We at Hague Water are committed to providing families with clean, purified water and we are also committed to educating our community about clean, purified water. That is why we offer a FREE in-home water test, to make certain that we are all on a path to cleaner water. Be sure to visit our find a dealer page to learn more.
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