You turn on the tap, and the water is there. You don't think twice about pouring yourself a glass, or using it for cooking, etc. But people rarely wonder where it came from; how it got to the tap or shower. Water Basics provides an easy-to-understand inside look at how water gets to your home or business. While created for customers of New Jersey American Water, most of the book applies to nearly everyone in the United States, where the water systems have operated so well for so long, that we take them for granted. And because most of the water distribution system is buried underground (and in some cases, it's been there for more than a hundred years) it has been out of sight and out of mind. Water Basics explains where the water comes from, and how its treated (and you don't have to be a chemical engineer to understand it.) It describes, in lay terms, the pumps, tanks, valves and pipes that all have to work together get reliable water service to your tap, shower, toilet, etc.