Dream homes Michigan : an exclusive showcase of Michigan's by Ryan Parr; Beth Singer

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Dead vegetable matter of all types is similarly attacked, broken down, and used again as plant food. In the soil, in the water, and in the air, processes take place continually to ensure that none of Nature's valuable substances is ever left in an unproductive state. In many agrarian societies, farm families participate actively in these cycles. They mix their animal and vegetable wastes together in piles or bins and compost them by allowing earthworms and a host of bacteria to convert them to rich soil.

Water Treatment Well-water or water from mountain reservoirs usually requires little or no treatment to make it suitable for human consumption. River water and some waters from other sources require treatment for various contaminants. Sand filters and settling basins remove particulate matter. Aerating the water helps rid it of gaseous pollutants and accelerates the breakdown of organic substances. Chemical precipitation is used to remove such contaminants as iron and lead compounds. Special filters may be necessary to remove hydrogen sulfide, radon, or other dissolved gases.

These fixtures are incapable of causing cross-connections. But some fixtures cannot be designed in this way. A water closet or urinal in a public building has a supply pipe connected directly to its rim. The end of a hose connected to an outdoor faucet can be left in a swimming pool or a garbage can filled with water. 11). Whenever the water pressure fails, the vacuum breaker allows air to enter the line and destroy the siphoning action, thus preventing contaminated water from being sucked into the system.

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