While we often think of clean water as an issue for developing countries, the truth is clean water issues are hitting our own cities in unprecedented ways. Largely due to poor infrastructure, sometimes clean water issues come into the national spotlight, as a recent article highlighted the fact that Flint, Michigan has now been over 1,000 days without clean drinking water. While a steady decline in lead and other bacteria has happened in the past year, drinking water is nowhere near the proper levels for consumption.
In fact, some reports note that only 780 homes in Flint actually have pipes with replaced lead service, with some officials estimating it will take approximately three years to replace all the affected lines. It is important to note that lead is not the only issue at play in Flint. Improperly treated river water was forced through these lead pipes, making the problem worse. As a response to the situation in Flint, some places, such as California counties, are offering free water testing in public schools to ensure the safety of residents and children attending these facilities.
It is one thing to be vigilant – and we probably always should be, regardless of equipment in place. But upgrading our existing systems nationwide is a critical step in ensuring that our citizens have potable drinking water, the ability to bathe without worry of harsh additives or bacteria and to wash their clothes and dishes in acceptable water. Most of this security, frankly, comes down to municipal equipment.
Treating the water supply is usually a municipal issue, and the sewage treatment and water filtration play a key role in community health. Why not ensure that as your infrastructure is being assessed, your slurry transfer processes are up-to-date? Do you have the latest static mixer to ensure that your water is processed effectively and at low cost to the municipality it serves? Does your digester mixer operate without clogging and does it ensure that the product coming out on the other side is clean? Komax can help with this issue. Step into the future with high end, efficient, innovative and cost effective products.