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Nanaimo’s Water: Pristine, If Not Pure

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Nanaimo Harbour (Photo credit: Danielle Bauer)

Nanaimo is a port city on Vancouver Island that has the fortune to have a pure raw water supply provided by the South Nanaimo River. And it therefore employs just one type of water treatment, chlorine

Is Nanaimo Perhaps In Need Of A New Water Treatment Plant

Nanaimo takes its raw water from the river of the same name. Two dams and a series of reservoirs and pumping stations supply the burgeoning city with drinking water. However, its use of chlorination as the sole water treatment process was deemed inadequate in 2007, leading to the implementation of a plan to have an improved water treatment facility completed by 2015 that will have multiple-barrier water treatment in place – including water filtration. This new facility should also be better able to combat the production of harmful toxins like THMs and HAA’s, the toxic byproducts of chlorine disinfection.

What about Nanaimo’s Watershed?

Where the city owns and operates the dams and other water facilities, the land that the watershed is situated on is owned by Weyerhauser, a company devoted to timberland and wood products. Protection of the watershed is a high priority for both the city and Weyerhauser which means that access to the watershed is restricted and strictly monitored. And in addition, Weyerhauser’s use of fertilizers within the area is now heavily monitored. So far, no adverse effects have been reported.

With Such Minimal Treatment, How Can You Be Sure Of Your Drinking Water’s Safety?

While Nanaimo’s drinking water is meets official criteria to be safe to drink, there are several factors that its residents may wish to consider before drinking from the tap. Among these concerns are the current lack of the most modern forms of drinking water purification, the use of fertilisers within the watershed, even though it is monitored, and also the water’s propensity for turbidity – when water gets cloudy with sediment that is stirred up from precipitation – during the winter.

In order to be certain of your water’s safety, and also to be sure you’re avoiding ingesting the chlorine used to treat it – you should make sure your water is pure. A reverse osmosis drinking water filtration system in your home can help eliminate any potential contaminants in your water including the most harmful by products of chlorination, and produce absolutely pure water at pennies per liter.

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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