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Second best in the west

By Brian Oliver, The Graphic

Portage's Water Treatment Plant is responsible for producing the second best tasting water in western Canada, as per a recent taste test conducted at Western Canada Water's annual conference and exhibition. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)

Portage's Water Treatment Plant is responsible for producing the second best tasting water in western Canada, as per a recent taste test conducted at Western Canada Water's annual conference and exhibition. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)

It turns out Portage la Prairie's tap water tastes pretty good.

A recent taste test of various community's water from across western Canada has deemed Portage's water to be the second best tasting of the 12 different water samples tested.

“It's a little bit of an art as much as it is a science and our operators here do an excellent job,” says Coun. Wayne Wall, chair of the waterworks committee. “Out of 12 communities, we were judged to be number two, so we're pretty excited.”

The taste test is a longstanding tradition at Western Canada Water's annual conference and exhibition - the 69th edition was held last month in Saskatoon, Sask., - and for the first time Portage decided to throw its hat in the ring and find out how its water fared.

Portage's Water Treatment Plant is where all the magic happens locally. Water is collected from the Assiniboine River where it goes through a pre-treatment process that removes any sediment before receiving a lime softening treatment. The water is further treated from there and a chlorine residual is added, which is required by law, before it makes its way out the tap. 

Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant, which services the Regina, Sask., area, was judged to have the best tasting water of communities taking part in the taste test.



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