Treatment Southern Nevada's water is treated first with
ozonation to kill any potentially harmful microscopic organisms. It passes
through a multistage filtration system to remove particles from the water.
As the water leaves the treatment facilities, chlorine is added to protect
it on the way to your tap. It also is treated
to prevent pipelines from corroding.
See how our drinking water is treated
at the Merritt Smith and River Mountains facilities.
about ozonation, one of the best technologies in the water treatment
Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Facility Built in 1971, the Alfred Merritt Smith Water
Treatment Facility currently treats most of the valley's drinking water.
The facility can treat up to 600 million gallons of water per day (mgd).
River Mountains Water Treatment Facility The River Mountains Water Treatment Facility opened
in 2002 and currently can treat up to 150 mgd. As the need arises,
the River Mountains facility will expand to treat up to 600 mgd.
Ozonation is a water treatment process that destroys bacteria and other
micro-organisms. It's one of the most advanced water treatment processes
in the industry.
Although ozone is a very strong disinfectant, it doesn't
remain in water for very long. For that reason, chlorine is added to protect
the water while it is in the distribution system. The amount of chlorine
used in the entire water treatment process will be significantly reduced,
which should help improve the taste or our water.