The quality of water in the Red Deer River, or any river you receive drinking water from, comes down to your habits in and out of your home.

With the flood, many have asked, "Has the quality of our water changed?"

The water we receive from our taps comes from the Red Deer River and the answer to this question is 'Not Really'.

The Red Deer River Municipal Users Group is a group of people formed strictly of municipal members within the Red Deer River basin. Their job is to proactively keep an eye on the water quality within their designated area, including the Drumheller area.

The Drumheller Water Treatment Plant does filter our water effectively during floods, according to Executive Director for the Red Deer River Municipal Users Group, Kieth Ryder.

"Spring run-off always creates challenges for the water plant operators. They are very diligent," explained Ryder. "Alberta Environment requires the continual testing of water from the water treatment plant operators. They have very strict standards that they have to follow. This time of year, it's more expensive to treat the water, simply because of the run-off and more solids that end up washing into the river."

"A big one has been identified as pharmaceuticals. These are just what are naturally emitted into the waste water systems through a human being's daily use of pharmaceuticals," said Ryder. "That is proven to have a fairly significant effect on source water quality."

'Source Water' is the water that comes from the rivers to the treatment plants. There is also something to be said about using your treated water and a suggestion on how to improve upon it.

"Average individuals, a big contribution to water issues, comes about from conservation from using their resources wisely," concluded Keith Ryder. "Making sure that they're doing their fair bit in using environmentally friendly products within their home. This would be a big contribution to source water protection."

The water quality is great in Drumheller, according to Ryder, regardless of flood activity. He only suggests that you do your due diligence in keeping our waters clean and drinkable for the forseeable future.

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