When Is Raw Water Treatment Necessary?

Written by AOS Treatment Solutions on December 21, 2017
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If you are a municipality that uses a raw water source for your community, chances are you need some type of raw water treatment system.

Because raw water treatment systems are made up of many different components and vary greatly depending on your needs, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to water treatment. However, in order to ensure the proper health of your community and avoid maintenance fees and even fines, raw water treatment is an absolute necessity. In fact, if you are drawing water from a raw source, treatment simply cannot be avoided. Let us tell you why.

Strong Odors and Tastes

Organic compounds in the water, such as algae, can lend strong tastes and smells to natural water sources, and this is something you definitely do not want transferred to your consumers, even if they know the water is not safe for drinking. Just taking a shower in strong-smelling water can make some people sick, and because many people use water to wash their dishes and cooking implements, the odors and tastes from the raw water source can end up in unwanted places in the home far too easily. To completely eliminate this problem at its source, a real surface water treatment solution is necessary.

Bacteria and Disease

Beyond simple bad tastes and smells, raw water also frequently contains bacteria and other waterborne pathogens that can make your community sick. From Giardia and Salmonella to E. coli and even hepatitis, infected raw water can take a serious toll on the health of a population that draws from it, sometimes causing outbreaks that lead to massive community crisis. One of the most important aspects of raw water treatment is regular testing of the water at the source and appropriate measures to clean and sterilize any problematic bacteria or organisms that may be present. A real water treatment plan for a municipality of any size will always have a facility devoted to testing and treating water for possible bacteria and disease.

Seasonal Water Levels

Because many raw water sources, such as rivers, lakes and lagoons, experience seasonal fluctuations, an effective raw water treatment solution usually involves storing water as well. Water towers and other tanks usually do the job very efficiently, but they also present their own problems because the water remains stagnant for long periods of time, often months, and this can contaminate it. Combining a raw water treatment facility with a seasonal water storage plan allows municipalities to prepare for droughts and long hot summers as well as other seasonal water shortages and make sure the water for the community remains abundant and healthy at the same time.

A Raw Water Treatment Plan for Your Community

Coming up with a raw water treatment plan for your community is an important and complex process that should not be undertaken without expert advice and input. AOS Treatment Solutions offers customized raw water clarification products and solutions designed to provide your community with odor- and bacteria-free water all year long. In business since 1999 and having served dozens of satisfied clients all across the country, we are your one-stop source for all things related to municipal raw water treatment solutions. When you are ready to take the next step in the process, please fill out our contact form and a representative will get back to you right away.

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