Water treatment plant wins Virginia Department of Health Gold Award


Winchester’s water treatment plant received a 2018 Virginia Optimization Program Gold Award from the Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water.

The city has won several silver awards in the past but this is their very first gold award. The award is based on a 12-month analysis of data where the water’s turbidity levels are checked every 15 minutes.

The plant added a new coagulation chemical in August, which they think helped them achieve the highest ranking for excellence in water utilities. 

‘The coagulate, coagulation phase is the first stage where a chemical is added that changes the electrical charge on the particles in the water and causes them to draw together,” said Winchester water supply manager Don Riggleman. 

The plant says they have been working for 10 years to achieve this award and they are happy their efforts finally paid off.

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