The unfiltered answers are ‘not necessarily’ and ‘yes,’ says the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s drinking water superintendent.
Mike Richardson says that with September’s opening of a new water treatment plant in Ogden, supplemental filtration is definitely not required.
“Any additional filtration will not necessarily be needed. It’s not recommended, but having a home treatment system is up to the homeowner,” he says. “It’s just a personal preference.”
A primary function of the new water treatment plant will be to soften the groundwater currently used by utility customers in the county. The secondary purpose “is to remove any organic matter and bacterial contaminants,” Richardson says.
Customers receiving water from the new treatment plant who add a home filtration system may soften the water to the extent it causes additional wear and tear on plumbing, he says.
The new treatment plant will have a maximum daily output capacity of 6 million gallons. CFPUA customers in the county currently use an average of between 3.5 and 4 million gallons a day, Richardson says.
The quality of the treated water is good, Richardson asserts.
“You shouldn’t have to do anything to it,” he says.
For more information on the CFPUA, go to http://www.cfpua.org/
Date posted: July 23, 2009
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