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Red Deer Alberta Is A Perfect Place To Have A Water Filter

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Near to the present day location of Red Deer Alberta lies a wide shallow ford, once used by people and the Bison they relied on for food, clothing and shelter. With the increase in European trapper and trader traffic, a trading post was established at the crossing and a settlement grew around it. The Cree natives had called the river Wapiti, or Elk River, and the European settlers, mistaking the local elk for a variety of European red deer, started calling it the Red Deer River instead. And so, the city of Red Deer got its name from the water upon which it depended – and depends on today.

Red Deer’s Drinking Water Comes From The Red Deer River

Raw water enters the first pumphouse of the water treatment and filtration system through a rough screen that filters out the largest debris typical of river flow; sticks, branches and other vegetation. The water then undergoes several forms of treatment before it is sent on to Red Deer homes and businesses. During these processes several chemicals are used to disinfect and clarify the drinking water. The first of these are aluminum salts which are added with fine sand and polymer to help particles already in the water to coagulate so they are easier to remove when they settle. This is especially useful during the spring, when runoff from snowmelt increases the amount of suspended particles present in the river. Once the coagulated material has been removed, the drinking water is filtered through two filters; one of fine quartz and another of anthracite coal to remove fine particulate matter. After this, the drinking water is disinfected with the toxic chemical chlorine and a final time with UV, to ensure that bacteria such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium are neutralised since they are resistant to chlorine disinfection. Fluoride is then added to allegedly prevent tooth decay, but it comes with health risks that are now becoming widely recognized. Caustic soda is added to balance the pH and to ensure that the water is neither acidic nor prone to form scale. Last but not least, Ammonia is added to form chloramine residual in the water to ensure that disinfection is retained during distribution. While chloramine prevents microbial growth, it also reacts with chlorine to form VOC’s (volative organic compounds) which are level B carcinogens – they’re confirmed in lab tests to contribute to cancer.

And so, all of these processes and chemicals ensure that Red Deer residents get clean drinking water from their taps that meet, or exceed the Health Canada guidelines. But the chemicals used to “disinfect” the water to those standards are ones that we probably should avoid.

Is Red Deer Water As Safe As It Could Be?

In the spring, Red Deer River swells with snowmelt and runoff from the mountains and farmland of its watershed, increasing the amount of organic material, chemicals, dirt and debris in the water. Because of this potassium permanganate is used in this season to oxidize some of the organic material in the untreated drinking water and help it coagulate and get removed during the flocculation stage of the water purification process. Powdered activated carbon is also used in the spring to help remove or neutralize some of the compounds that contribute to bad taste and odour associated with the increased amount of organic material present in the spring. But even then residents often notice discolouration and a mild earthy taste in their drinking water.

Lead and other trace minerals like copper or iron can leach into the Red Deer drinking water supply when pipes corrode. Any building built before 1960 runs the risk of having lead pipes, fixtures or plumbing solder. Lead levels are monitored and the addition of caustic soda is meant to help minimize water corrosion by forming a protective coat on the inside of the pipes to reduce leaching and to minimize the risk of lead poisoning.

How Can You Ensure That Your Drinking Water Is Safe In Red Deer?

You don’t have to put up with drinking water that tastes funny in the spring, or worry about lead coming out of your tap if you have a home water purification system. Reverse osmosis is a process that uses ro membrane filtration to remove whatever trace elements, earthy or chemical flavours, trace chemicals and other particulates that might still linger in your tap water, leaving clean, pure drinking water for your family. For more information on how a home water purification system can benefit you, please 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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