What is bioremediation?
Bioremediation allows natural processes to clean up harmful chemicals in the water. Microscopic organisms, which are already present in the groundwater, consume certain harmful chemicals such as perchlorate. After allowing this natural process to occur, the water is sent through a traditional water treatment process before it enters the drinking water system. Bioremediation does not use harmful chemicals.
Why are we using bioremediation?
Contaminants, like perchlorate, exist in the water that is underground. We have been using an effective treatment to clean the water, but it is expensive. When the level of contaminants increase, the current method of treatment becomes even more expensive. Bioremediation, on the other hand, is proven safe, does not use harmful chemicals, and costs less.
How safe is this type of water treatment?
It has been successfully tested for safety and subsequently used at many locations in the western United States for years. After the water passes through the bioremediation treatment system, it then goes through a traditional water treatment system. Water quality testing occurs throughout the entire process.
Where is the bioremediation plant located?
The plant has been constructed and will be operated by West Valley Water District at our site at the corner of Base Line Road and Cactus Avenue in Rialto.