The disinfectant in drinking water will eventually dissipate even in a closed container. If that container housed bacteria prior to filling up with water, the bacteria may continue to grow once the disenfectant has dissipated. Some experts believe that water could be stored up to six months before needing to be replaced. Refrigeration will slow the bacterial growth.
While most of the water you receive originates in the Colorado River, a portion originates in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Metropolitan Water District imports water from these sources through the 242-mile long Colorado River Aqueduct and the 444-mile-long State Water Project (SWP).
Dripping faucets waste a precious resource and cost you money. As an example, if you have a faucet that drips 60 times a minute, this adds up to over 3 gallons each day or 1,225 gallons each year.
If substantial amounts of either calcium or magnesium, both nontoxic minerals, are present in drinking water, the water is said to be hard. Hard water does not dissolve soap readily, so making lather for washing and cleaning is difficult. Conversely, water containing little calcium or magnesium is called soft water.
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