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Richmond Water Quality: Then & Now
In 1737, the first Richmond settlers drilled wells along the James River to supply water. But, like in many early American cities, residents of Richmond also dumped wastewater back into their water supply. As the city’s population grew, the river became overwhelmed with waste and the water wells began to produce contaminated water. In 1830, Richmond became the first U.S. city to utilize a sand filter system to purify water. Water was pumped from the James River and up 160 feet to the Marshall Reservoir. There, it slowly filtered through a layer of sand and then distributed throughout the city via a network of cast iron pipes.
While Richmond was the first U.S. city to filter its drinking water, the process did not produce uncontaminated drinking water, even when the city began chlorinating the water in 1917. A report at the time went so far as to say that Richmond’s “present water supply is unsafe.” The unsavory report prompted an upgrade of the whole system, including construction of a new water treatment plant on the banks of the James River, completed in 1924. To keep up with the growing water demand, city planners built additional reservoirs, including the “New Reservoir” and the Williams Dam.
Today, Richmond’s water system delivers up to 132 million gallons per day to residents in Richmond and Henrico County. According to the Richmond Water Quality report, Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities treated an average of 62.1 MGD of water in 2019. Water treatment significantly reduces contamination in Richmond drinking water. However, naturally occurring materials dissolve in water as it travels over land or through the ground, including minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material. In addition, Richmond water service lines still consist of older cast iron pipes, prone to corrosion and biofilm contamination. These chemical reactions create clusters of pipe deterioration and bacteria along the inside of the pipe, resulting in a “rotten egg” taste and smell.
Quench Water Coolers –
A Better Drinking Water System for Richmond
Concerned about the chemicals and contaminants in your local Richmond drinking water caused by pollution runoff and old cast iron pipes? We are too, and that’s why we’re here to help. Quench offers a full complement of water filtration and sanitization technologies to remove sediment, reduce chemical contaminants, including lead, and get rid of off-tastes and odors. Depending on your local water quality, your Quench Water Expert may recommend our NSF-certified carbon filtration, which works great for water with TDS (total dissolved solids) levels under 250 ppm (parts per million) or our NSF-certified reverse osmosis (RO) filtration, which is the gold standard for water with TDS levels over 250 ppm. By creating a customized water filtration solution and tailoring your installation and service needs for your business, 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 tasting and safer 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 Richmond Metro Area, including Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights and surrounding counties including Amelia, Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and Sussex.
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!