Securing Your Water Treatment Plant

Four burglaries occur every minute in the US. Business are also susceptible to having their contents stolen too.  Home security systems can really be a big help for you and the family, they can greatly reduce your chances of being victimized. Having home security monitoring helps to watch-over your home and property all the time, even when you are not at home and nobody is around to offer defense or protection, this is what home security systems are for. They can be used to look after children in the household, giving you an extra sense of comfort in knowing you have reinforcements, home security systems that will respond to any threat that is made against your household.

Criminals these days spend a lot of time observing and watching the house that they are going to victimize. They are familiar with the area and know who is going to be inside. By their familiarity, they are more likely to approach the home when nobody is inside. They especially aren’t going to target or look for a home that has home security monitoring to protect the valuables inside. Home security systems have changed over the years and greatly improved. It is well worth the investment to go with home security systems because home protection is the number one priority whether you are a home owner or renter.

You need to be sure that you and your loved ones are safe, when you aren’t there to watch-over your property then who is going to be left to? The home security monitoring can offer year-round constant monitoring for your home and loved ones. You will never have a worry-filled night again thinking about the chances of someone breaking into your home. The home security systems available today can fit to your own needs and that of your property. Tailor your home security monitoring to your very individual life, know that you are getting the most out of your home alarm systems.

If you have a grandma or grandpa, elderly family members, they are ones who can benefit the most from having home security systems installed. If anything were to ever happen to them and someone does try to intrude, they might not be able to fight them off or to respond by contacting the police. The home security monitoring will set-up a home security camera that can watch-over your loved ones all day and night. The home alarm systems will protect your family and contact the authorities if anything goes wrong. The experienced professionals with home alarm systems will help to guide you through the emergency scenario, as they have been through these types of situations many times before.

It can be hectic and stressful during those times and we may not remember our address or vital information to tell the police, the home security systems operators will help you get through it and they will send help immediately to wherever you are. Don’t worry about being victimized when you have home alarm systems that have proven to be effective at deterring crime and protecting families for years. There are many home alarm systems to choose from and ways to customize, the size of your property doesn’t matter because they can fit to watch-over any home. Don’t make the mistake of going without a security option that really makes a difference for your protection.




Water Filtration Systems

Having clean fresh drinking water for you and your family is necessary for healthy living but tap water is full of chemicals and toxins.  Unfortunately, most municipal water treatment facilities don’t purify water to the levels of home water filtration systems.  A home water filter will remove the fluoride, pesticides and other dissolved solids that water treatment facilities leave behind.  With so many water filters on the market it can be overwhelming to try to decide which one is right for you.  Water filtration systems can be used to filter your whole house, installed under your sink or even sit on top of your counter.

Once you know what types of contaminants are in your tap water you can select the type of water filtration system you need.  Many of the systems today have several stages of filtration in order to remove a variety of contaminants.  Carbon filters will remove the bad tastes and smells from water as well as pesticides and herbicides effectively and are often installed as a pre or post filter to increase the working life of the main filter.  Reverse Osmosis filters are effective at removing most of the common contaminants in tap water.  Water distillers will remove nearly everything from water including both good and bad minerals.  Alkaline water filters or water ionizers are gaining popularity and many celebrities and athletes are endorsing products that they claim have been beneficial to their performance and health.

There are several factors you need to consider when buying a water filtration system such as cost, filter life and cost, purification ability and where and how the filter installs.  A good water filter review will provide you with this type of information as well as other details that may help you to make a well informed decision on which water filter is best for you. Check out the reviews at WaterFiltrationHQ to get the answers you need.


Water Treatment Process

Water, the primary building block of life. We all need it and we all use it. Once we use it where does it go? What happens to the waste water?

The city's waste water treatment plant is the final stop for all of the sewage from the city, as well as septage from the county. Allen overseas the entire waste water treatment plant to make sure the plant operates effectively and efficiently. With nearly 18,000 city residents, and counting, all creating waste water every day, that adds up to a lot of water to treat.

Water Treatment Plant

This plant was built in 1984. At that time, it was designed for 2.88 million gallons per day. As of October last year, we expanded to 4.32 million gallons per day. Right now, we are treating approximately 2.55 million gallons a day. Waste water treatment is an important process, simply because it removes most of the pathogenic bacteria in water, basically acts like a giant water filter pitcher. Makes it clean to put back into the river, so that we can have water reused downstream. Downstream of us, I believe, the first place they would draw water out would be possibly in Grand Junction. Further down, we have Lake Powell, where they, where a lot of water recreation. It is important for us to clean the water.


Waste water entering into the plant is called influent. The head works building is the first stop for the incoming influent. First, the water enters the bar screen room. This chamber houses a giant screen, which screens out all of the trash from the influent. Although the bacteria and bio-solids in waste water will be digested and broken down during the treatment process, trash will not decay. It could serve as a safe haven for harmful bacteria to hide. All trash must be removed early in the process. This is the bar screen room, part of the head works building. A bar screen does run 24/7. We have that large plastic bag for the trash. The trash goes in there. It's de-watered and goes in there. A bag is to contain the odors. Once it is full, we seal it off. It is taken to the landfill.

Removal Process

After removing the large trash, the influent goes through grit removal. Grit is considered to be inorganic compounds, like sand, coffee grounds, eggshells and other things, which are not caught in the bar screen. These materials also disrupt the treatment process. This is the grit removal. What it is, is we have an aerated grit chamber. We aerate the grit, sorry the influence coming in. The grit settles and the organics flow on by. The grit is pumped up to here, into the grit classifier where it's de-watered and dumped into the garbage. We also haul that to the landfill.

After grit removal, the water is almost ready to leave the head works building. This right here is the end of the head works building. This is where we measure the influence load coming into the plant. Measuring the flow of the waste water helps the crews stay on top of the treatment process. For efficiency, the plant is running with only a portion of the machinery working. If the waste water flow rises above the normal capacity, the crew can activate more machinery, in order to accommodate the increase in influent.

Waste water came from the head works building. Comes into here, to the screw pump. These screw pumps are large augers. They lift the waste water from down here, drop it up there. From there it sits and goes to any of the 3 oxidation ditches. The screw pumps are the central processing hub of the treatment plant. Many liquids and bio-solids will return here again and again, in order to be fully processed and treated. From the screw pumps, the waste water goes into the oxidation ditches. We have 3 of them. Currently, we have 2 operating. In the oxidation ditches, we have 3 rotors. Rotors aerate the water, makes it into an aerobic process. What we use is aerobic bacteria. All we're really doing is creating an environment for them, to make them happy. They feed on the incoming pathogen bacteria.

Oxidation Process

The oxidation ditches are the first step in the chemical and biological breakdown of the bacteria in the bio-solids and the water. From here, the influent is sent to giant tanks, called clarifiers.These are the clarifiers. We have 3 of them. The clarifiers, the over flow from the oxidation ditches go into the clarifier. They go into the center trough. They are, the water is spread out and hits the baffles. The sludge settles to the bottom. The bottom of the clarifier is roughly 15 feet. It's a conical shaped bottom. We have scrapers along the bottom that continually scrape the settled sludge into a hopper. The clarifier is a pivotal point in the process. The suspended bio-solids, called liquid sludge, begin separating from the clarified water. At this point, the water is ready for final treatment. The sludge must be retreated over and over again, in order to fully oxidize the solids, and remove as many harmful microbes as possible.

From the clarifier, the sludge will most likely end up back in the screw pumps, to be redistributed into the oxidation ditches again, only to wind up back in the clarifier. This cycle is called the activated sludge process, and is often repeated many times, over the course of several days. Who says when the sludge is ready to move on? These are the settle-ometers. I do them twice a week. They tell us how fast our sludge is settling in the ditch.

The results will determine where the sludge will go next, depending on how well the sludge separates from the water. Once the sludge thickens enough, like the beaker on the right, the crew will know that it's time to pull the sludge out of this activated sludge cycle, and send it to the digester building. This is the next step in its treatment. This process is called wasting. Behind me is our digester building. Behind the concrete, we have 4 cells. The cells are aerated by 3 100 horsepower blowers. Only 1 of which is running. It usually runs 24 hours a day. She helps with the nitrogen cycle. It also helps raise the PH a little bit, back up to 7. In the digester process, the PH does drop sometimes, to right around 6. Anyone can test water in your home. You can buy a water test kit. Check out some reviews online before purchasing a kit. We personally recommend http://www.bestconsumerreviews.com.

The digester literally digests and breaks down as much of the remaining pathogenic bacteria as possible, in order to prepare the sludge for its final treatment, the centrifuge. In the centrifuge room, powerful machines spin the liquid sludge. With the aid of chemical polymers, much of the remaining water is removed from the bio-solids. This creates a dry sludge, as well as a liquid by-product called centrate. The newly dried sludge then travels up a conveyor, into a truck to be shipped to a composting facility in Delta. The centrate is returned back to the screw pumps, to go through the whole process again, so that the water can be treated and released. What happens to the actual water in this process?

Exit Process

To answer that, we have to revisit the clarifiers. Because the sludge settles to the bottom of the clarifiers, the water on top is clear of any suspended solids. That means there's no where for the surviving bacteria to hide. The water must undergo one final purification process, before it is ready to be released into the Uncompahgre River. That process is the UV chamber. Inside this building is our ultra-violet disinfection. We have 2 channels. We have 4 banks in each channel. It is flow paced, so that when the flow comes up, more banks of lights do come on. When a flow drops down, they do go off. UV light kills bacteria by destroying its DNA. By doing that, the bacteria cannot reproduce and so, it cannot do any further harm. The purified water, called effluent, is then released into the outflow pond.

In this effluent pond, when the river was higher years ago, and against this bank, we used to have come up into this pond and live. They lived here year round. One final sample is taken from this outflow pond, to insure the water quality of the effluent going into the river. This test compares this water, to the influent, coming into the plant, at the very beginning of the process. We have about 99% removal, which means, when you look at the influent coming in, and how dirty it was, compared to the effluent, and what's going out. We've removed 99% of everything that was in that water. From the outflow pond, the purified water is released into the Uncompahgre River, so that other people, plants and animals can use it downstream. The waste water treatment plant offers tours to anyone who is interested.