Water purification is a process in which all contaminants such as sediment, algae, bacteria, viruses, parasites, and even odors are removed.
Water purification is often part of a municipality’s water treatment process. Most water is purified for human consumption, but there are industrial uses for purified water as well. Medical, pharmaceutical and chemical applications may require purified water.
Because you cannot see bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants with the naked eye, you can’t just look at water and determine if it is safe. Boiling water or using household filters are not always enough for treating everything.
Governments and international bodies set the standards for drinking water quality. Those standards include minimum and maximum contaminant concentrations, depending on how the water will be used.
Some methods used for water purification are coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. Active carbon filters are used in drinking water purification to remove offensive taste and odor. The disinfection step is essential as it removes any remaining parasites, bacteria, and viruses.
As part of our commitment, we take clean, safe drinking water very seriously. According to a 2007 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 1.1 billion people lack access to an improved drinking water supply. We are committed to the U.N.’S Sustainable Development Goal number 6, which was developed to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation to all.
Every water treatment plant we build and service is done to guarantee the highest quality standards. You can find examples of this in the work we are doing in Texas at Houston’s Northeast Water Purification Plant and the new surface water treatment plant just south of there in Pearland.