Cincinnati Water Works gets new ultraviolet treatment process

Should kill 99.9 percent of germs in water

CINCINNATI - The water in Cincinnati is among the cleanest in the country and thanks to a new process, it's about to become even cleaner.

The Greater Cincinnati Water Works has installed ultraviolet technology in its water treatment facility.

After 10 years and $30 million dollars, the new UV technology process puts Cincinnati on par with some of the top water systems in the country.

"There are very few facilities here in the United States or abroad that have the depth of treatment that we have here," said Debbie Metz, superintendent of water quality management for Water Works.

Metz said the UV lights, which are housed inside massive pipes, will disinfect 40 million gallons of water a day.

The 20-kilowatt lamps will kill virtually any germs that make it through the conventional filtration process, which is important considering some of the challenges of the Ohio River.

One of those problems is cryptosporidium, a microscopic bug that causes diarrhea.

However that shouldn't be a problem with the water in Cincinnati, given the fact Metz said the new process should get rid of about 99.9 percent of germs in the water.

"We're prepared for the many problems that the Ohio River could offer," she said.

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