Rural Water Resources Planner: Water Treatment
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  • Rural Water Quality Information Tool
    This on-line tool (jointly developed between Alberta Agriculture and Food and PFRA) assesses the quality and suitability of raw water sources for privately owned and operated water supplies.
  • Approaches to Water Treatment
    This publication broadly describes some of the available in-house water treatment systems.
  • Chlorine Disinfection of Private Water Supplies for Household or Agricultural Uses
    This fact sheet provides an overview of chlorination disinfection for applications on private water supplies.
  • Maintaining Safe Domestic Water Quality with On-Farm Cisterns and Water Tanks
    This document provides information on how to maintain safe drinking water in rural homes, after storage in on-site water tanks and cisterns.
  • Aluminum and Health
    This publication speaks about the use of aluminium in water treatment applications and it's effect on human health.
  • Biological Treatment of Surface Water
    Biological water treatment involves the use of naturally occurring micro-organisms in the surface water to improve water quality.
  • Biological Treatment of Ground Water
    Biological water treatment involves the use of naturally occuring micro-organisms in ground water to improve water quality.
  • Evaluation of Treatment Systems
    This publication provides general information on in-house water treatment systems and specific results from monitoring existing in-house systems.
  • On-Farm Coagulation
    This fact sheet explains how coagulation (the process of adding chemicals to water to make dissolved and suspended particles bind together, forming larger particles that will settle out of the water as sludge) can safely and effectively be used for treating water sources.
  • Chemicals for On-farm Coagulation
    Aluminum sulphate, ferric chloride, ferric sulphate and polyaluminum chloride are the primary chemicals used to treat drinking water.
  • Water Treatment Trailer
    Different water treatment equipment was installed in a portable trailer to allow the equipment to be tested on different surface water supplies and to be moved to different sites for demonstration purposes.
  • Slow Sand Filter
    Slow sand filtration has been used successfully in Europe since the early 1900s. It is particularly beneficial for small systems with low turbidity and no algae problems.
  • Farm Surface Water Management Flash Animations
    These animations explain a multiple barrier or source to tap approach to water protection, enhancement and treatment. Animations feature information on:
    • Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs)
    • Dugout Aeration
    • Coagulation
    • Filtration Systems
    • Disinfectant Solutions
    • Polishing Methods

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