Iron In Water Vs Dirty Water

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There are many unknown ions found in almost every water on earth. Some water sources are more clean, like a freshly shocked pool. Some water sources are not so clean, like a dirty pond. Clean water is more important than dirty water, because if water is dirty there could be the chance of getting disease, or the chance of the animals that are eaten from the water source getting a disease. The sample that will be used for this experiment will be water from a fire pond. Fire ponds are used in neighborhoods so when there could possibly be a house fire, the fire truck could hook up to the fire hydrant and get the water from the pond. The fire pond has never been needed to eliminate a fire, but it is regularly checked to see if suitable if a fire…show more content…
Calcium can get into water from construction materials like cement, brick lime, and concrete (Calcium and Water: Reaction Mechanisms, Environmental Impact…, 2007). Different amounts of iron can be found in water. Iron naturally exists in rivers and lakes, but can be released into the water from natural deposits or industrial wastes. One of the most common ways to detect if there is iron in water is if it has a reddish tint after standing (Iron in Water, 2010). Chlorine is another common ion found in water. The chlorine found in salt can get into fresh bodies of water through the salinity of the water. Direct exposure to chlorine can lead to blurred vision, burning sensations, coughing, nausea, and many more symptoms (Daniel L. Harp, 2002). The last ion that was tested was phosphate. Phosphate can come from some agricultural fertilizers, manure, and organic wastes in sewer. If there is too much phosphorus in water then it can increase the abundance of plant life, which can be good for the aquatic plants, but could lead to suffocating the creatures in the water since the oxygen will be used up. The further away the water source is from civilization, the less unnatural ions will be present in
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