• James Armstrong

Pincourt marks Earth Day with waterworks tours


PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE PINCOURT

Pincourt celebrates Earth Day with tours of the Régie de l’eau de l’Île-Perrot focused on raising citizen awareness about conserving potable water.

In an effort to familiarize Pincourt residents with the local water treatment plant and encourage them to conserve water, the town is offering guided tours of the Régie de l’eau de l’Île Perrot (REIP). The REIP supplies potable water for three towns, Pincourt, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot and Terrasse-Vaudreuil.

Available exclusively for Pincourt residents, the tours take place Sunday, April 22 with a bus service providing transportation from the Omni-Centre, 375 boulevard Cardinal-Léger to the REIP. Departure times are 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. with each tour lasting about an hour. “Anyone is welcome to attend but we really want to inform our residents so they know how the water reaches their homes,” said Head of the Communications Division Vicky Sauvé on Tuesday, April 17. She encouraged those planning to attend to be punctual. “It’s free of charge and no reservation is needed,” she added.

Residents will have the opportunity to see the various stages of water treatment such as decantation, filtration, ozonation and chlorination plus the settling ponds and the polymer and distribution rooms.

Water conservation benefits

A limited number of water conservation kits will be available free of charge. The kit contains a low-flow showerhead, a low-flow faucet aerator, leak detector tablets, plumber’s tape, a flow meter bag and a five-minute shower timer. These products are intended to limit water flow in a household to 5.7 litres per minute reducing overall consumption by 40 per cent. The reduction in water consumption translates into thousands of litres of water saved each year while reducing the cost of heating water.

Background

According to the Town of Pincourt website, the REIP was constituted in 1982 by government decree, and is responsible for supplying the four cities on the island of Île-Perrot with drinking water. The source of the water is the Ottawa River. After being drawn from the river, several treatment steps are followed including chlorination.

Chlorination of drinking water can reduce or eliminate the presence of microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses reducing the risk of transmitting disease.

To ensure the quality of drinking water, filtration plant employees carry out weekly bacteriological analyses according to the specifications of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC).

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