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Hamilton And The Need For Water Filtration Systems

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Wrapping around the most western part of Lake Ontario, Hamilton is Ontario’s 5th largest city. It is rich with an abundance of water, adjacent to the 13th largest lake in the world. With that natural source come some natural complications, such as in the summer when lake Ontario warms and algae blooms in abundance. And there are man-made complications too: Lake Ontario has been the subject of frank and pointed criticism over its levels of pollution – it’s the most polluted of the great lakes, with pharmaceuticals detected and fish that are so full of toxins that people are often advised against eating them. To remove this pollution, Hamilton employs significant water treatment, including the known toxins chlorine and fluoride at the end. For these reasons – coupled with the fact that some of Hamilton’s water is delivered through lead pipes – Hamilton residents are recommended to filter their water.

How Drinking Water is Supplied to Hamilton

Hamilton gets its drinking water from the vastness of Lake Ontario. Raw water is pumped from the lake to the Woodward Avenue Water Treatment Facility. This Treatment plant provides water for Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Dundas and other parts of the Regional municipality. The water is first treated with chlorine to kill harmful bacteria, then it enters a coagulation and flocculation process, which removes organic materials, silt and other particles from the water by making them stick together and easier to remove. The drinking water is finally subjected to granulated activated carbon filtration to filter taste and odour issues unique to Lake Ontario water. Chlorine and Ammonia are added to keep the water sterile until it reaches the homes of Hamilton residents: The chlorine prevents bacteria from surviving in the water, and the ammonia is added to reduce the production of THM’s; potentially harmful by-products of chlorine and organic matter.

Other areas have drinking water provided by other sources, mostly ground water and well water, which are not treated at the Woodward Avenue plant, but at other locations. Some of these treatment systems rely on filtration, UV treatment and the addition of sodium hypochlorite to disinfect drinking water for consumption.

Is Hamilton’s Drinking Water Sure to be Safe?

Hamilton water regulations ensure that drinking water is tested daily to make sure that harmful particulates, bacteria and trace elements are within acceptable levels. However, in the summer, with extended warm temperatures, the lake endures algae blooms, which means that compounds like geosmin and 2-Methylisoborneol are present and can cause a musty taste and odour and sometimes even colour, to occur in drinking water. These are not hazardous to one’s health, but can be unpleasant for consumption. A home filtration system can remove these unpleasant side effects and make drinking water taste pure and fresh.

Hamilton also has lead pipes in the older districts. While the lead content in water is low, water filtration systems can remove any potential lead in your water before consumption.

Concern has also been raised about harbor activity and the resulting pollution that could affect the raw water intake for the treatment plant. Pollution is a top concern for the city and since 1978 there has been regulation and law to limit and prevent pollution of the lake. The water intake extends 945 meters into the center of the lake and eight meters below the surface, which protects Hamilton’s drinking water from pollution and debris from the harbour.

Ensure that there are no residual contaminants in your tap water. A reverse osmosis water filtration system can remove trace elements like lead and copper, odours and musty flavours caused by algae blooms in the lake and other particulates that may be present. For more information on how reverse osmosis water treatment works, contact us now, or visit our online store.

If you’re at all concerned about the quality of your water, or you simply want to be certain, you should choose an Aquasafe Home Reverse Osmosis System. An Aquasafe Home Reverse Osmosis system will remove all contaminants from water, including THM’s and HAA’s, producing guaranteed safe water you can count on every time. And it’s only a few cents per liter! Shop online and save today.

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