The Water Treatment Process
Water treated by CLCJAWA at the Paul M. Neal Water Treatment Facility in Lake Bluff is pumped from Lake Michigan and then undergoes a treatment process designed to assure constant contaminant removal and production of clean, safe drinking water that is also aesthetically pleasing. There are two features of the treatment process that provide unique capabilities. First, water from Lake Michigan goes through a primary disinfecting step using ozone, which has been found to be highly effective in removing contaminants and in deactivivating disease-causing pathogens. And, finally, the treated water passes through filters of granular activated carbon, which remove any remaining contaminants and particles from the water and has also proven to be proficient in eliminating problems sometimes encountered with unpleasant tastes or odors.
The Water Delivery System
More than 370 million gallons of water were delivered to 4,200 customers in Wildwood last year. The delivery system includes 46 miles of water main and 3 storage reservoirs holding 1.6 million gallons, or two times our daily demand. As added reliability in an emergency, the former well water system is available to back up the Lake Michigan supply.