High River’s water system is comprised of 15 GWUDI (ground water under the direct influence) wells located within the town. Each well is equipped with a submersible pump that allows water to be pumped to the Water Treatment Plant to be treated.
The Town’s Water Treatment Plant is a multi barrier system. Once water from the wells is introduced to the plant the treatment process starts:
The only chemicals used for water treatment in High River are Sodium Hypochlorite 12% (chlorine) and Polyaluminumchloride (clearpac).
The Town of High Rivers distribution system consists of four Hi Lift Vertical Turbine Pumps, 101 kilometres of water mains made from cast iron, AC, DI, and PVC, and 420 fire hydrants. Water is pumped from the water treatment plant at 65 psi to ensure proper pressure to users.
The Town’s waterworks system is operated by highly trained certified operators. All environmental regulations are strictly adhered to.
Drinking water is tested and monitored in accordance with provincial requirements and accepted industry standards to ensure that the water consistently meets all Health Canada and Government of Alberta regulations.
Current Bi-Annual Results: (November 14, 2019)
Residential Water Softeners can be programmed as per manufacturer’s specifications using the Current Bi-Annual Results listed
If the Town issues a boil water advisory, affected residents will be notified through the Town website, social media, local media, outdoor signage or direct letters depending on the number of impacted residents.
If the Town has issued a boil water advisory, please review these safety tips.
The Town’s wastewater collection system is comprised of 12 sanitary lift stations and 90 kilometres of gravity and force mains. Waste water flows from each neighbourhood into the lift station where it is then pumped to the Town’s main lift station. From the main lift station the wastewater is then pumped to the Town’s wastewater treatment plant.
The Town’s wastewater treatment plant is an aerated lagoon system. Aeration is the primary treatment method. Once the wastewater is treated it is pumped to the final discharge point at Frank Lake.
The Towns Wastewater system is operated by highly trained certified operators. All environmental regulations are strictly adhered to.
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