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Detroit Water Quality: Then & Now
The early settlers of Detroit chose its site at the narrowest point of the Detroit River because it was very navigable and good source of clean water. They developed a rudimentary distribution system whereby water was delivered daily by horse-drawn carts to its residents. However, as the city grew, this system was soon obsolete. City leaders hatched a plan to drill wells to supplement Detroit River water but came up dry. Attempts to create reservoirs to capture surface water also failed. The major metropolises of the east, like New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, had solved their water problems by creating pumping systems to bring clean river water to their residents. In the 1840s, Detroit engineers constructed a similar system. However, the city was also dumping wastewater into the Detroit River. At the time, many city planners had the erroneous belief that micro-organisms that fed on impurities in the wastewater would purify it. Not until the early 1900s did scientists and Detroit city engineers recognize the link between wastewater and typhoid fever. In 1912, the U.S. Public Health Service issued a mandate that required Detroit to disinfect all distributed water with calcium hypochlorite. Calcium hypochlorite was replaced by liquid chlorine, a more effective disinfectant, in 1916. Detroit also constructed a new water intake point well away from the city’s wastewater dumping area. This was especially critical as the automotive industry began its explosive growth in the Detroit area.
Detroit’s population grew so quickly that city planners had trouble installing enough water mains, leading the cast iron mains to be installed without a coherent plan, creating clusters of cast iron mains on top of each other in some sections of the city with other sections of the city without any mains at all! Older cast iron pipes, like the ones used in Detroit, are susceptible to corrosion and biofilm contamination from chemical reactions. Detroit works to combat this corrosion by adding orthophosphate to the water before it is distributed. Orthophosphate has been shown to prevent the leaching of lead into drinking water. When Flint, MI switched from distributing Detroit water to Flint River water, Flint city officials failed to add orthophosphate before distributing the water and some believe this contributed to the dramatically high levels of lead in Flint drinking water. Even with orthophosphate, chemical reactions can create clusters of pipe deterioration and bacteria along the inside of the pipe, resulting in “rotten egg” taste and smell. To combat this corrosion and bacteria growth, many municipalities, including Detroit, add high levels of chlorine, which has its own taste and smell issues.
Quench Water Coolers –
A Better Drinking Water System for Detroit
No need to worry about what your office’s drinking water might have picked up on its journey to your glass. Quench offers a full complement of filtration and purification technologies to remove sediment, reduce chemical contaminants, including lead, and get rid of off-tastes and odors. That’s how we can guarantee that Quench office water coolers produce crisp, clean, great-tasting water – and at a fraction of the price of bottled water delivery services. Go bottle-free with Quench and you will save time, money, and the environment, plus you will have better drinking water!
Quench Proudly Serves More Than 60,000 Customers Nationwide
I want to thank the team at Quench for the quick, professional installation of our new water system. You and your installation team made the process very simple and timely from start to finish. I highly recommend your product as an alternative to water bottles!
Nationwide Service with Local Presence
Quench’s dedicated customer team stands behind every installation. You’ll always find a well-trained, friendly human at the other end of the phone, and all service is performed by insured, certified Quench-badged technicians. Our customer service promise includes proactive preventive maintenance, filter changes, and all service and support. We worry about your drinking water, so you don’t have to.
Proudly providing businesses with clean, filtered drinking water in the greater Detroit Metro Area, including downtown Detroit, Dearborn and Warren, and the surrounding counties of Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne.
Quench Filtration Solutions
For over 20 years, Quench has focused exclusively on providing businesses with the highest quality filtered water. This commitment to doing one thing well has made us the trusted water authority for over 50% of the Fortune 500. We offer the best bottleless water coolers, ice machines, sparkling water dispensers, and coffee brewers to fit any workplace. No matter your location, company size, or industry, we have a filtered water solution that is right for you!