Water isnít always clean. It has to get purified (cleaned)
first. Here is how water gets purified.
First, pipes bring the water to settling basins. Plastic,
wood, and other large objects get caught in rakes so they wonít go into
the settling basin. At the settling basins, a coagulant like alum
gets added to the water to get rid of dirt and tiny plants called algae.
Second, the water gets aired out at the aerators. Aerators
shoot the water in the air to make it smell better. This looks like
a water fountain.
Then lime gets added. Lime helps the water to not rust
pipes as easily. Lime is white and powdery.
After that, the water goes to settling ponds. Here the
floc in the water settles at the bottom. This makes the water less
dirty. Now, chlorine gets added to the water. Chlorine helps
to clean the water so the germs will disappear.
That is how water gets purified. We canít live without
water and we have to drink clean water.
By MC, NC, KN, & LR
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Green Willow Books, 1987.