In 2012, the BC Ministry of Health established drinking water criteria for surface water sources. The criteria were established under the Drinking Water Protection Act.
In 2014, Interior Health assessed the 84 large surface water treatment plants in its region. Of the 84 assessed, only 24 plants met or exceeded Provincial criteria. Interior Health noted that a number of systems are making progress on achieving these objectives.
However, Enderby is already there! The City of Enderby Water Treatment Plant was able to achieve all criteria set by the Ministry of Health due to its multi-barrier approach to treatment.
Ministry of Health Drinking Water Criteria
The following criteria for treatment of surface water are achieved by the City of Enderby Water Treatment Plant:
- Adequate inactivation or removal of viruses
- Adequate inactivation or removal of Giardia and Cryptosporidium
- Two forms of treatment
- Filtration that can achieve credits for pathogen removal
Enderby Drinking Water Protection
So how does the City of Enderby treat our drinking water? It is a multi-barrier process that provides several layers of protection.
- Rapid sand filtration
Enderby is proud to be counted among those 24 large water providers in the Interior Health Region that meets the Ministry’s surface water treatment objectives.