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The Quality of Water

Posted January 24, 2017 in Articles

The quality of our water is directly linked to the quality of our lives. By supporting clean water initiative and similar measures that improve our water and wastewater treatment systems, we can each have a hand in ensuring clean, safe water for ourselves, our families and our communities.

And that is where Renewable Water Resources comes into the picture. Since 1925, our main goal is to protect our local aquatic environment by providing high quality wastewater treatment services everyday. When water goes down the drain or is flushed down the toilet, it usually enters a sewer system where it travels to a water resource recovery facility (WRRF). The WRRF treats the wastewater and removes debris and other contaminants before releasing the treated water it into the environment.

With eight WRRF’s and a 343 mile interceptor system, this is no easy job. The treatment process is complex, and is updated continually to make sure we are treating wastewater as effectively as possible.

Clean water is one of our most vital resources, and when our water is polluted it is not only devastating to the environment, but also to human health. The United Stated relies on public water systems to treat and deliver more than 44 billion gallons of clean water each day to our homes, schools and businesses.

Much of that water supply comes from rivers, lakes and other surface water sources. Before it is delivered to our homes it is treated to remove debris, excess nutrients, chemicals, particulates (e.g., soot and silt) and bacteria. Once the water leaves your home and goes through the wastewater treatment process, it is considered clean water; while it is not drinking water, supplements the flow of local rivers where it supports aquatic life and helps other communities downstream to enjoy an abundance of water for recreational uses and production of drinking water.This renewable resource is essential for a high quality of life and must be protected and recovered daily.

For more information about the wastewater treatment process, or to schedule a tour of a WRRF, visit www.rewaonline.org.