Few issues are more important to a municipality than the quality of the drinking water it delivers. The Prince Rupert water system feds approximately 6 million cubic meters of potable water per year to local residents, businesses, and industry, utilizing over 50 kilometers of distribution line and close to 6000 individual service connections. The system is also capable of meeting local industrial needs, which at times can generate over twice the average daily consumption.
As a barrier of defense against the incidence of waterborne disease, the municipality maintains an enduring chlorine residual throughout the water distribution system. Chlorine is the most reliable and widely used drinking water disinfectant in North America. A “residual” is the trace amount of chlorine left in the drinking water after initial disinfection have taken place. As long as a trace of chlorine or residual can be detected, the line is still subject to active disinfection. To ensure water quality, various types of water quality samples are taken daily, weekly, or at other regular intervals.