State Honors Raleigh's Water Treatment Plants for Meeting Stringent Voluntary Goals

News posted Jun. 21, 2018 - 6:00 am

The N.C. Division of Water Resources has honored 69 water treatment plants for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards. Raleigh’s E.M. Johnson and D. E. Benton Water Treatment Plants will be receiving awards for 2017.

The 69 facilities received the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources’ Public Water Supply section. The awards are part of the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Program, which is an effort to enhance the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities.

Awards are given each year to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, a key test of drinking water quality. Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by individual particles that can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Microbes are microscopic particles that occur naturally, but can potentially include harmful bacteria and viruses. While all drinking water systems have to meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, these systems met performance goals that are significantly more stringent. During 2017, a record number of more than 3.8 million North Carolina citizens were served by these award-winning plants.

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