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From river to tap - understanding water treatment

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We were sent a great video that illustrates the process of turning source water into drinkable water. The video, created by KC Water in Kansas City, Missouri, describes the entire process from start to finish.

The intake pumps untreated water into the treatment plant from the Missouri River. That treatment plant has the capacity to treat 240 million gallons of water a day! Then the sedimentation process is next, and chlorine and lime are added for disinfection and softening. The water is then tested to make sure the pH levels are accurate and up to guidelines. Finally, the filtration process helps to "polish the diamond".

KC Water delivers water to people throughout the area, who demand an average of 100 million gallons of water a day, pumped through 2,800 miles of pipe. From start to finish, it takes the treatment process an average of 18 hours and it's done all day every day.

To understand more about your water, review DrinkTap's Questions About Water section.

 

 

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