Glossary

Learn about the different types of contaminants that might put your family at risk.

water conditioning
Virtually any form of water treatment designed to improve the aesthetic quality of water by the neutralization, inhibition, or removal of undesirable substances.  (Not health related).
water hammer
A shock wave or series of waves produced by the abrupt acceleration of deceleration of water flow due to inertia.  Water hammer may produce instantaneous pressures many times the normal pressure.
water softening
The removal of calcium and magnesium, the ions which are the principal cause of hardness, from water.
water table
The level of the top of the zone of saturation in which free water exists in the pores and crevices of rocks and other earth strata.