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Water Treatment Plants Overwhelmed

12 July, 2012 (18:06) | Drinking Water, Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions | By: admin

Mostly everyone in the Denver area has been impacted by the Colorado wildfires that were raging for weeks. Everyone is overwhelmed with the combat, cleanup, and rebuilding that will take place. Homes, stores, and even the water treatment plants are overwhelmed with the effects of the wildfires. Some of the effects are more obvious than others – like the drinking water in the area as a result of the wildfire runoff. According to a recent article from thedenverchannel.com, “Rain runoff following a wildfire can compromise drinking water quality and overwhelm water treatment plants with a ‘chocolate milk shake-like mix’ of debris, according to a new study by the Colorado School of Mines.”

Most consumers assume that their water is being tested frequently, correctly, and is safe right out of the tap. Water treatment plants are supposed to keep our water safe, but in times of natural disasters even they can be “overwhelmed” by the situation. This can affect tap water that might have a smoky taste and could fail to meet federal drinking water standards, says engineering graduate students whose study suggests ways cities government can protect drinking water after a wildfire.

Also mentioned in the article is that “while impacts of wildfires have been studied by scientists from forestry, biology and hydrology, this study is the first that combines these experiences with water treatment engineering and focuses on adverse effects on drinking water quality and appropriate response strategies.” The study found that rain runoff mixes leftover wildfire debris and sediment that can thwart purifying mechanisms inside downstream water treatment plants.

One of these responses is something that we have available here for purchase or lease – a drinking water system . Our water treatment systems  will keep your water pure even if your water treatment plant becomes overwhelmed. Even during natural disasters, safe drinking water is essential for our health. Our products will provide you with a continuous flow of safe drinking water and eliminate harmful contaminants when other systems don’t. Make us your last line of defense against Mother Nature and be sure to prepare yourself for natural disasters whatever they may be.