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PUBLIC WORKS WEEK – East St. Paul Water System

Posted: May 25, 2017

 
The East St. Paul Water Treatment Plant's new UV disinfections system.
 

PUBLIC WORKS WEEKEast St. Paul Water System

 The RM of East St. Paul runs a water distribution system throughout a large portion of the municipality with the source water being groundwater from three different aquifers.  The water is then conveyed to the water treatment plant through a series of pipes and is disinfected by ultraviolet (UV) light.  The groundwater is then chlorinated prior to being discharged into one of the four treated water reservoirs. The distribution pumping system is made up of three domestic pumps and two high flow pumps and distributed through the system at approximately 448 kpa (65 psi). The distribution system is comprised of approximately 37,000 meters (23 miles) of watermain and the public water system services 986 properties.

 

The East St. Paul public water system staff is responsible for testing of the water on a daily basis with water samples submitted to an independent testing laboratory on a weekly basis for regular analysis.

 

Pump and piping upgrades. 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WATER

 

Ever turn on your tap and the water that comes out is discoloured, brown in appearance? Ever wonder why?  Interesting information below will turn your wondering mind with actual hard facts!

 

WHY IS MY WATER DISCOLOURED?

- Dirty or discoloured water is from a change in flow of water in our water system.

- This can cause naturally occurring minerals (primarily iron and manganese) that settle out in the water pipes to be stirred up and be released into the water.

- The change of flow may be caused by activities such as water main breaks, water main cleaning or fire hydrant flushing.

 

WHY DOES DISCOLOURED WATER HAPPEN MORE OFTEN IN THE SUMMER?

- In the spring and summer, there are more events that change the flow of water.  This includes activities such as water main construction and repairs, water main cleaning and fire hydrant flushing.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY WATER IS DISCOLOURED?

- We recommend not to use discoloured water for any purposes that require clean water, such as drinking, food or beverage preparation or laundry.

- Discoloured water does not taste, smell or look pleasant and it can stain clothes.

- Health officials do not recommend drinking discoloured water, however if consumed accidentally, no harm is expected.

- If discolouration occurs, run the COLD water at one faucet for about 5 minutes, preferably a faucet without a screen that could trap sediment, and you should see the discolouration in the water clear. Still have discoloured water?  Turn off the tap, wait 30 minutes and try again.

- Discoloured water usually doesn’t last long.  If your water still isn’t clear after 2-3 hours, contact us at: 204-668-8336 or by email at operations@eaststpaul.com

 

 

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