Water is stored in four storage tanks for a total of 3,100,000 gallons. This storage is used to meet system demands and fire flow requirements. The water is then distributed over 400 miles of mains and service lines to over 12,600 customers in our service area. After distribution and use, waste water is then returned to the Riviera Utilities Waste Water Treatment Plant. Laboratory tests are performed continually to insure that the highest water quality is produced for the community and service area.
Riviera Utilities treats water for consumption by three steps or processes. These steps or processes are fluoridation, disinfection, and pH control. The following is a brief description of each process.
Fluoridation and Disinfection
Fluoride is added to the water for the protection of children's teeth during their developing years. The consumption of fluoride by children during these young years will assist in the prevention of tooth decay. At the same time additional chlorine is added for disinfection. Disinfection is the process by which a chemical is added to destroy any disease causing organisms that may have passed through the previous processes, and it also provides additional protection for any contamination that may occur in the distributions system once it leaves the treatment plant.
pH control is an important step in the treatment process. In this step, lime is added to the finished water for the purpose of increasing the pH of the water. By increasing the pH the water becomes alkaline instead of acidic. The addition of the lime serves two purposes. One, the lime increases the pH of the water making it non-corrosive, and two, the added alkalinity provides a more stable water. A corrosion inhibitor is also added for additional stability from corrosion.
Well Water Treatment
Since well water is usually very low in solids and bacteria, there is very little treatment required before the water is sent to the consumer. The soil is a natural filter that removes solids and bacteria from the water as it passes through, therefore, no other filtration is usually required.