Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan, and is located in a flat, treeless and largely waterless region of the province. It is the second largest city in Saskatchewan, and a center for commerce, the arts and education.
Where does Regina’s Drinking water come from?
Because of its location, Regina does not get its drinking water from a local river or aquifer, but from some thirty kilometers away. Drinking water is provided by the Buffalo Pound Lake Water Treatment Plant, which also services Moose Jaw and several smaller communities as well. Built in 1950’s the water treatment plant has since undergone three major process and capacity upgrades since its inception. These processes are designed to remove harmful bacteria, agents that cause turbidity and a foul taste (geosmin which is often found in lakes), trace elements and even limit the taste of chlorine in residents’ drinking water. Water is filtered through granular activated carbon beds to remove the organic compounds that had previously made Regina’s water notoriously earthy-flavoured. Other processes include chlorination which kills bacteria like giardia and cryptosporidium. Purified drinking water is piped via two 57 km long pipelines to the city and kept in several reservoirs within city limits to ensure that water is readily available in times of emergency or drought. These reservoirs and pumping stations will work even when there is a power outage. Waste water is released from treatment plants into Wascana Creek, making it a separate water system from the one that supplies Regina’s drinking water.
How can you be sure Regina’s Drinking water is safe?
While regulations ensure high standards, even the most diligent water testing at the treatment plant cannot account for contaminants that could be present in the city’s delivery systems. There has been recent concern over the production of trihalomethane and haloacetic acids as by-products of drinking water chlorination as these are thought to be possible cancer-causing agents. Boiling water is ineffective, but home water purification systems can remove these by-products from drinking water. There is also a low risk of lead in the cities drinking water due to the presence of lead piping in some older buildings. Testing is available by the city, but they recommend home filtration systems to make sure that your drinking water is safe and clean. Reverse osmosis water purification systems can remove trace elements and harmful by-products effectively and quickly, improving both cleanliness and taste, making it a valuable addition to any home. Please contact us should you have any questions about a reverse osmosis filtration system for your home, or visit our online store now.
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