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Monday, February 25, 2019

Council approves water quality purchases

During their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, City Council approved three purchases critical for the city's water quality and for reliable water treatment in the future.

The first approval was a contract to provide engineering services that will help staff determine which water treatment processes will most effectively deliver safe and reliable drinking water in a replacement water treatment facility that will be online in 2025. While the city’s current water treatment plant is able to continue providing high-quality drinking water for 15 to 20 more years, staff is planning for the time when that facility comes to the end of its useful lifecycle. Titled WATER2025, this project is a new drinking water treatment facility to meet the needs of our current and future generations who rely on this essential public service. Approximately $650,000 will be spent on this phase of the project to determine which water treatment processes will most effectively provide safe and reliable drinking water under typical, challenging and catastrophic conditions, such as fires in the city’s watershed. Pilot testing will confirm performance of the selected processes. 

The second approval was for the replacement of water quality instruments. To provide residents with safe drinking water and to keep our lakes, rivers and streams healthy, water quality must be continuously monitored and analyzed using high-tech instrumentation. Through every phase, first as snow melt flowing into mountain streams and lakes, then as treated tap water flowing in pipes to your home faucet, and finally as treated and cleaned sewage flowing back into our river systems, water quality is monitored and tested literally hundreds of times. These hard working, precision systems wear out with use and must be replaced on a regular basis to guard and protect our water wherever it flows. Up to $200,000 will be spent in 2019 to purchase new instruments and to keep them operating properly.

The third approval was for the purchase of water treatment chemicals. Westminster’s drinking water is created through an extensive treatment process that turns raw Standley Lake water into clean and readily available drinking water. The treatment process requires specific chemicals, precisely applied, to purify the water and keep it safe all the way from the treatment plant to a customer’s tap. Nearly $1.5 million will be spent in 2019 to purchase these chemicals and have them delivered to each of our two drinking water treatment plants.

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