Ames Water Treatment Plant Tour – March 23

Ames Water Treatment Plant Tour – March 23

Through our relations with the City of Ames in our watershed work, Prairie Rivers of Iowa board and staff members got the opportunity on March 23, 2017 to tour the water treatment plant that the city is building on East 13th Street. The Director and Assistant Director of Ames Water and Pollution Control, as well as the Superintendent of the plant and a plant Engineer led the group around the plant in groups. The $75 million plant will continue providing "award-winning" clean drinking water to the citizens of Ames. They showed off the various treatment bays that will treat up to 15 million gallons per day, increasing the capacity from the maximum of 12 million that the expansion to the old plant provided. Drinking water in Ames is from ground water sources, which is in the form of several wells located in the area. The process of water treatment includes cascade aeration, lime softening, chloramination, filtration, and fluoridation. Because the plant is still under construction,...
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