April 19, 2004

Montreal commissions feasibility study on magnetic coagulation water treatment process

MONTREAL, QUE-Montreal's executive committee has issued a call for tenders for an $80,000 feasibility study of the implementation of a magnetic coagulation process at its drinking water plants. The city's contribution of $40,000 to the study will be matched by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The goal of this new technology is to improve the treatment of drinking water. The magnetic coagulation process would potentially replace traditional chemical coagulation as a means of binding suspended solids in untreated water prior to filtration. It would be applied at Montreal's Atwater and Charles-J-Des-Baillets water treatment plants. "If the results of the study we are undertaking turn out to be conclusive, our drinking water will be produced with practically no chemical additives, and Montreal taxpayers will save several million dollars every year," said committee member Alan DeSousa. More information is available from Jacques Tremblay in Montreal's department of Infrastructure and the Environment, 514/872-5465, or from Darren Becker of the Executive Committee, 514-872-6412.
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