Water treatment plants in Sainte Rose
and Pont Viau earned a coveted five-star
rating, Oct. 23.
The drinking water excellence program
known as PEXEP awarded the distinction
to the two facilities for producing drinking
water that exceeded government drinking
water quality standards.
“Laval’s water facilities employ leading-edge technology which enables Laval to
provide the highest quality drinking water
in Quebec,” enthused city spokeswoman
Myriam Legault in a statement.
PEXEP was inspired by Bill Lauer of the
American Water Works Association (AWWA), in Denver, Colorado. Lauer
founded the Partnership for Safe Water in
the United States in 1998.
The partnership’s mission is to improve
the quality of drinking water delivered to
customers of public water supplies by optimizing system operations.
The following year, AWWA met Quebec’s
municipal affairs minister and helped the
province set up a similar program here.
Known as Réseau environment, it is effectively the Quebec branch of AWWA.
It promotes drinking water protection
against microbiological contamination
through sedimentation, filtration and disinfection, and aims for water quality that
exceeds Canadian and American standards.
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