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Media Invite: Richland Water Treatment to Receive an Award for Exceptional Water Quality - 05/14/19

Today, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Washington State Department of Health will be in town to present an award to Richland’s Water Treatment Facility for performing above and beyond federal water quality requirements four years in a row. Exceeding these standards means Richland is detecting contaminates beyond the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) standards or limits.

The Washington State Treatment Optimization Program or TOP recognizes surface water treatment facilities who go above and beyond federal requirements for turbidity. Turbidity is the clarity of water and it is an important factor in water quality. It is measured in nephelometric turbidity units (NTU).

The DOH Office of Drinking Water review and tracks the turbidity data submitted by systems on their monthly operations reports to ensure compliance with regulations. In addition, maximum daily turbidity values reported in the reports are entered into the Optimization Assessment Software computer program.  Using this software, they are able to rank systems according to their relative performance.

Federal NTU requirements are 1.0 and Richland has exceeded that number by 95%, achieving less than 0.1 NTU.

The performance of rapid rate filters for turbidity (particle) removal is a key element in protecting consumers from microbial contaminants and maximizing public health.

Awards Program Today

  • Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 p.m.
  • Water Treatment Plant
  • 110 Saint Street, Richland WA

Attached Media Files: top_poster.pdf
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