Raise your glass with awarding winning tap water

By Rhonda Massad

For the third consecutive year, the Sainte Rose water treatment plant has earned a five star certificate from the drinking water excellence program (PEXEP). It was confirmed that water produced at the plant exceeded the highest expected quality.

The performance certificate, ranging from 1-5 stars, honours those that stood out in three areas during 2013: superior quality of water produced with respect to the regulations of Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against climate Change (MDDELCC), consistency of production, as well as efforts to continuously improve processes and operations.

“We are proud of the exemplary work of the employees who, in addition to working day and night to maintain the highest standard for the production of drinking water, are working to constantly improve the way we produce drinking water,” said Laval Mayor, Marc Demers. “For citizens, the quality of drinking water is one more reason to drink tap water!”

Repairs to the Sainte Rose treatment plant to replace and add new systems, wound up this past August. It is expected that all three Laval water treatment plants will see renovations by the end of 2016 to the tune of $187 million. Renovations will help modernize and increase the capacity of drinking water production. Costs will be absorbed by the city of Laval in partnership with both federal and provincial governments under the major infrastructure component of the Canada Building Fund.

Laval has been a member of the PEXEP since 2001. Pexep is a resource for managers of facilities processing surface water filtration that wish to improve their performance. The program provides optimization tools to drinking water treatment plants to help them produce water that exceeds the standards established by Quebec regulations.

In 2012 and 2013, Laval’s Sainte Rose and Pont Viau treatment plants were among the only four facilities in Quebec to earn five-star awards for their water. Laval also received the Lucien l’Allier award that year. The distinction hailed the effectiveness of the city’s drinking water conservation program.

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