Just because you produced high quality water at the treatment facility doesn’t mean that your job is done. Maintaining water quality throughout your distribution system is also essential.
Studies have shown that over 1/3 of waterborne illness originated from problems in the distribution system. Water quality in the distribution system can degrade for a variety of reasons including contamination from an uncontrolled cross connection, contamination during storage, or high water age leading to degradation of water quality. Events such as a main break or loss of system pressure can also allow contaminated water to enter the distribution system.
So as an operator what should you do? This video will discuss 6 items for you to consider to protect water quality in the distribution system.
For more information about distribution system water quality and other topics, visit our website at rcap.org.
About RCAP: The Rural Community Assistance Partnership is a national network of nonprofit organizations working to ensure that rural and small communities throughout the United States have access to safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater disposal. The six regional RCAPs provide a variety of programs to accomplish this goal, such as direct training and technical assistance. If you need help with your community’s water or wastewater system, contact your local RCAP for assistance (rcap.org).