Our previous blogs broke down the path Dallas water takes to your home into three parts. Now, we’ve put all the pieces together in a concise summary that guides you through the complete journey. We’ve even included an infographic for easy answers to the questions “Where does water come from?” and “How does water get to my house?”
If you’ve ever wondered where the water that pours out of your faucet comes from or where it goes after, here is the complete story of your water:
Phase I: Dallas Water Treatment
In order to get fresh, clean, safe drinking water delivered to your tap, that water needs to first be treated. In phase one, water is pumped from one of Dallas’ several reservoirs to a treatment plant where harmful germs and bacteria are removed.
Once the water is filtered and disinfected, it is safe to travel into the municipal supply and on to your home.
Phase II: How Water Gets to Your Home
Treated water enters a pump station where it is pressurized. The pressure allows it to travel through the city’s main plumbing line. This network of pipes runs beneath the streets and delivers water to every home in the area.
Your home has a plumbing line that runs from the city main, beneath your yard, through your water meter and into your home.
Phase III: How Water Travels Through Your Home’s Plumbing
Upon entering your home, water is split into hot and cold lines. It then travels through your pipes to all your faucets and appliances where it waits for you to use it.
When you turn on a faucet or activate an appliance like a washing machine or dishwasher, you open a valve that allows water to flow through. Once you use this water, it travels down your drain and out of your home.
Phase IV: Where Water Goes When it Leaves Your Home
All the used water that goes down the drains in your home converges at your main sewer line. Like the line that brings water to your home, your sewer line connects back to the city network and the sewer system.
Everything that gets drained and flushed in Dallas travels through the sewer system to another water treatment plant. There, used waste water gets treated through an involved filtering process before it is eventually discharged back into local rivers and streams. It may even be treated and used by another municipality downstream.
Keep Your Home’s Water Flowing
For more information about your water quality, or to have a home pipe and water inspection, call Benjamin Franklin today! We’ll make sure the water in your home is safe for your family and that it keeps flowing the way that it should.