Despite the potential for more pockets of discolored water throughout the summer, test and samples have been taken of the water and results indicate that it is safe.
Turbidity and chlorine tests along with bacteriological samples were taken of Drumheller's water. Approximately 30 bacteriological samples and chemical tests confirmed that the water is fine for human consumption. The water leaving the plant has consistently met or exceeded Alberta Environmental requirements.
CAO Ray Romanetz advised “last week divers cleaned out sediment at our clear well at the water treatment plant and they are presently cleaning out sediment for our treated water storage reservoirs.” He further explained that “carrier lines for various chemical feeds are being changed over to ensure that no back feed into the clear well can occur."
The Town is hopeful that further problems regarding water clarity will be minimal, however the public needs to be aware that further pockets of discolored water may occur over the course of the summer.
“If you experience water clarity concerns, please flush your cold water lines,” said Mayor Bryce Nimmo. “Should concerns persist, please call the Town and staff will respond.”
The Town will be conduct ing isolated flushing of the distribution system only if clarity issues persist. The town’s annual distribution system flushing program will be conducted this fall once high water demand has subsided.