The City of Brighton’s Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant has received two awards from The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Oral Health Unit (OHU). The awards are for the following:
- 2017 Water Fluoridation Quality Award, CDC
- 2017 Award for Excellence, State of Colorado
Jim Hinton, Lead Water Treatment Operator, was sent a letter from CDPHE earlier this month congratulating him and his team of the accomplishments.
“I know that I speak for all of the plant personnel when I state how proud we are to win these awards,” he said. “We are always striving to produce the best possible product for Brighton, recognition from the state certainly helps keep our operators and mechanics motivated to keep doing so.”
Brighton is one of 16 Public Water Suppliers in Colorado to receive the award from the CDC, and one of 13 systems in the state to receive the award from CDPHE.
The Environmental Protection Agency mandates a Fluoride level in drinking water of .7 mg/l. The City of Brighton adopted this drinking water standard to help promote dental health in the city, especially for children.
The City of Brighton runs Reverse Osmosis treatment to remove nitrates from the drinking water, this treatment also removes the majority of fluoride and other constituents during the same process. As a result, the city adds just enough fluoride back in to get back to the EPA mandated level of .7 mg/l.
The Water Plant personnel aim to produce a product water with the chemical constituents as close as possible to the target values. The state recognizes that this is a more difficult task than a lot of water treatment practices. This is why they instituted awards for Public Water Suppliers who achieve a high level of accuracy in fluoride levels.
Congratulations to Hinton and all plant personnel on this accomplishment. These awards would not have been possible without the dedicated and experienced team members on staff in Brighton.