Laval wins five stars for water quality

Ste. Rose manager wins North American recognition

By Tracey Arial

Last month, the Pont Viau and Sainte Rose water treatment plants won five stars for providing exceptional drinking water in 2012. This is the second time in a row the two plants won the highest honour a plant can get for providing safe drinking water to its community.

In addition, Sainte Rose Station Supervisor Claude Durivage was honoured with the 2013 George Warren Fuller Award, a North American honour.

“Claude Durivage works hard daily to make sure our Ste. Rose station produces the highest possible standards of drinking water,” says Denis Allard, superintendent of Laval’s drinking water division.

“This award recognizes Mr. Durivage’s volunteer efforts within the North American waterworks community. He deserves this honour, and serves as a role model for all managers striving to improve water quality.”

Durivage’s new award is named after the man who built North America’s first water filtration plant. It honours his volunteer work with Quebec’s Programme d’excellence en eau potable (PEXEP) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA)’s Partnership for Safe Water. He also got it because under his leadership, Ste. Rose became the first plant in Quebec to use two-step biological treatments. It was also it was also Quebec’s first plant to achieve the third phase of PEXEPs four-phase plant process optimization program, which it did in 2004.

The Pont Viau plant had to work hard to obtain five stars. A $400,000 million renovation that began in 2009 is still underway. Plant employees had to change their normal processes to achieve excellent water quality, but they succeeded.

To celebrate these honours and inform citizens about their renovation efforts, Laval has created a video, which is available online.

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