Thursday, June 17, 2010

Richmond's Great Drinking Water

More than 300 years ago, Richmond's drinking water came from numerous springs and from an open stream flowing from the Capitol area across Main Street. Richmond's Water Treatment Plant was built on the banks of the James River in 1924. Over the years, the plant has been upgraded and enlarged to meet growing demand.

Today, the Department of Public Utilities' water plant can produce up to 132 million gallons per day. Last year, DPU treated an average of 58.9 million gallons per day of water and distributed it to more than 60,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the metro Richmond area. DPU provides water to Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Goochland and Powhatan counties.

DPU has invested millions of dollars to ensure it will meet or exceed federal regulations and meet the increasing demands for reliable, high-quality, clean drinking water. Water utility employees perform numerous water tests every day and maintain more than 1,200 miles of water lines so that when you turn on your tap, your family receives clean and safe water.

How does that happen? Water from the James River is brought into the Water Treatment Plant where settling basins remove large and medium particles. Filtration removes small to minute particles. Aeration and disinfection improves the taste and kills bacteria. Chemicals are added to buffer water and provide dental protection. The water then leaves the treatment plant through a distribution system of pipes that carries water into homes.

For a copy of the Consumer Confidence Report on Drinking Water Quality 2009, call 646-5224 or email your address here.

1 comment:

  1. How disappointing, Richmond's water is fluoridated. Everyone would be better off sticking with the old springs. Fluoride is toxic and wreaks havoc on the body, even if we accept the questionable claim that it strengthens teeth.