September 18 is World Water Monitoring Day, an initiative designed to inspire people around the world to educate themselves about their local water quality and encourage action to protect water sources. Over the last few months, we’ve featured how Cleveland Water’s monitoring buoys in Lake Erie and sondes in our water intakes continuously monitor source water conditions.
One of the many properties of water is hardness. Hardness is a measure of the amount of minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium, dissolved in water. The term hardness was originally applied to water that was hard to wash in, referring to how easy or hard it was for soap to create a lather. In short, the more calcium and magnesium in the water, the harder it is to make suds.
Back-to-school is a busy time of year for parents and kids. While the list of school supplies is seemingly endless, consider encouraging healthy habits by sending your kids back to school with a reusable water bottle.
Protecting our shared natural resources that we all need to live – clean air, clean water, and healthy native habitats on land – is critical to creating and maintaining a robust economy and a good quality of life.