Columbia County, Georgia…… What’s in Your Water????

So, Columbia County Georgia…. Do you think you have Good Drinking Water????

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The Jim Blanchard Water Treatment Plant:

The Columbia County Water Treatment Plants provide water for approximately 95,000 Columbia County residents. There are two drinking water treatment facilities: The Jim Blanchard Water Treatment Plant andThe Clarks Hill Water Treatment Plant. Currently, the Jim Blanchard Water Treatment Plant is permitted to withdraw up to 46 million gallons per day from the Savannah River.  The Clarks Hill Water Treatment Plant is permitted to withdraw up to 8 million gallons per day from the Clark Hill Reservoir.  Each plant is responsible for treating surface water to a point where it is safe for human consumption.

The goal of water treatment is to make the water safe to drink by removing biological and chemical contaminants. Numerous processes are used to accomplish this including chemical addition, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. The drinking water produced at our facilities is analyzed over 35,000 times per year for over 115 substances. Some of the quality control tests we perform at our plants are:

  • Pre and Post Chlorine
  • Fluoride
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • pH
  • Alkalinity
  • Jar Tests

This rigorous testing ensures that the water meets all applicable water quality standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Learn more about the water treatment process.

The Jim Blanchard Water Treatment Plant is located at 832 Point Comfort Road, Martinez, GA 30907.  The plant has gone through many changes since it was built in 1973.  We now have the capability to treat up to 46 million gallons of water per day from the Savannah River.

One of the changes at the plant included replacing the gas chlorine feed system with a Sodium Hypochlorite Generation system.  Columbia County made this change, in part, due to safety concerns.  The Jim Blanchard Water Treatment Plant is located in close proximity to populated neighborhoods.  We felt that this change was important because the on-site storage of large quantities of gas chlorine could be hazardous.  The new hypochlorite system is much safer for our neighbors, customers, as well as our employees.

Allow me to show you “What’s in Your Water!”  I have made the additives to the water Bold so that they stand out and here are my resources for the below Infomation:

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Columbia County Georgia Water Treatment


Sodium Hypochlorite

Common Uses for Sodium Hypochlorite

Sodium Hypochlorite is the main ingredient in laundry bleach. It is used extensively as a bleaching agent in the textile, detergents, and paper and pulp industries. It is also used as an oxidizing agent for organic products. In the petrochemical industry, sodium hypochlorite is used in petroleum products refining. Large quantities are also used as a disinfectant in water and wastewater treatment and sanitary equipment. In food processing, sodium hypochlorite is used to sanitize food preparation equipment, in fruit and vegetable processing, mushroom production, hog, beef and poultry production, maple syrup production, and fish processing.

In various parts of the world, sodium hypochlorite strength is identified using five common definitions that result in different numbers although the oxidizing power is the same, i.e., the sodium hypochlorite strength is the same.

Sodium Hypochlorite Hazards/Precautions

  1. Never mix Sodium Hypochlorite and Ammonia. Doing so forms a dangerous gas potentially leading to choking and breathing difficulty.
  2. Avoid swallowing and getting sodium hypochlorite in the eyes or on the skin. Depending on the strength of sodium hypochlorite, severity can range from mild irritation to severe burns.
  3. In the event sodium hypochlorite is swallowed, seek emergency help immediately. If the affected person is alert, give them milk or water to drink. Do not induce vomiting. Seek immediate medical attention.
  4. Skin or eyes should be immediatley flushed continuously and thoroughly if coming into contact with sodium hypochlorite. Seek immediate medical attention.
  5. In the event of inhalation of sodium hypochlorite, leave the affected area and seek fresh air. If breathing is difficult, administer oxygen and seek immediate medical attention.

Is that interesting….. Your water treatment facility uses Sodium Hypochlorite, Chlorine, and Fluoride… Did you see that??? Hmmm… Do you like “What’s in Your Water, Columbia County Georgia?

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