We live in a world where water is all around us. These molecular compounds of two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom cover 71% of the Earth’s surface. There is the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Artic Oceans, not to mention the myriad of rivers, ponds, lakes, wells, etc. We use water for recreation; we grow our food with it; we wash in it; we drink it. Water is an essential part of life on Earth.
Santa Ana, where the Air & Water office is located, just won the award for “Best Municipal Water” on March 5, 2014. The distinction means that the city of Santa Ana produces the best tasting and highest quality tap water in the nation. This gold award was bestowed on the city at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Festival, a competition judging water submissions from all over the world. Yes, water is so important to human existence that there is world-famous festival judging the taste of water.