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Winnipeg's Water Treatment Program Improves Your Drinking Water

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Winnipeg has a fairly new water treatment plant that was finished in late 2009. This state-of the-art facility is designed for safety, performance, and environmental sustainability. It's the crown jewel of the City of Winnipeg, in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Keep reading to learn more about Winnipeg's water treatment plant and how it works to clean and improve the taste of your drinking water:

About The Deacon Reservoir Water Treatment Plant

Winnipeg's water treatment plant is located on the Deacon Reservoir and began operating on December 9, 2009. Inside the plant, an extremely automated system controls and monitors a multitude of mechanical and electrical equipment, as well as a wide variety of gauges and instruments. Some of the equipment housed inside the plant include 2300 valves, 1400 instruments, 140 pumps, and 40 processors.

All of the mechanics housed in the water treatment plant can handle 400 million liters of water a day and are expected to last about 75 years with normal maintenance and upkeep. What's even better is that the plant is able to treat water during prolonged power outages.

The Water Treatment Processes

In order to make water from the Deacon Reservoir safe for human consumption, it goes through several treatment steps. These steps include the following:

Coagulation / Flocculation – This treatment process involves adding sulfuric acid to reduce the pH of the water and ferric chloride to make the particles in the water attractive to each other. The organic matter particles clump together to form larger particles so they can be more easily removed during the next treatment step.

Dissolved Air Flotation – This is where water flows into dissolved air flotation tanks so the water can be supersaturated with compressed air, which makes it look frothy. The air bubbles float the clumps of organic matter to the surface of the water where it is skimmed off and pumped into an onsite processing area.

Ozonation – During this stage of treatment, water flows into ozone chambers and liquid oxygen is pumped into a special generator to make ozone. The ozone is added to the water to improve filter performance during the next treatment stage. It also destroys most of the harmful bacteria in the water and improves the odor and taste of the water. At the end of this treatment stage, sodium bisulphite is added to the treated water to remove the ozone.

Filtration – Here, the water flows to the filtration gallery and passes through carbon filters that have been biologically activated. This removes any remaining particles in the water, like parasites and dissolved organic matter.

Chlorine Disinfection – Next, the water goes into the chlorine chamber, where a small amount of chlorine is added to the water to kill bacteria and viruses. At this stage, sodium hydroxide is also added to the water in order to raise the pH back to drinking levels. At the end of this treatment, the water is pumped into an underground reservoir, also called a clearwell.

Ultraviolet Light Disinfection – This stage of water treatment takes place when the water is pumped from the clearwell, through steel chambers. When the water flows through the steel chambers it is subject to ultraviolet lamps that renders any remaining micro-organisms harmless, like Giardia and Crystosporidium, which are disease-causing parasites.

Final Treatment Steps – In the last step, the treated water flows from the steel chambers into 2 large pipes, before making it back into the city's water system and out through your faucets. When the water flows through these large pipes, fluoride is added to prevent tooth decay in Winnipeg's residents, and orthophosphate is added to stop lead from leaching into the water when it flows through old pipes.

How The Plant and Water Treatment Program Has Improved Drinking Water

After the water treatment plant opened, Winnipeg's residents have enjoyed a higher quality drinking water that was treated according to Health Canada guidelines. The city's tap water also smells better, looks clearer, and tastes wonderful. For more information on water treatment installation, contact a business such as Bonnyville Water Conditioning.

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19 June 2015