The Plant is essentially divided into three (3) separate divisions with those being: 1) Operations, 2) Maintenance and 3) Laboratory.
The processes employed at the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant are modified during the year as determined by the water quality in Buffalo Pound Lake.
The carbon is regenerated in the winter so that it can be used to remove taste and odour from the water in the following summer.
Effective maintenance plays a key role in keeping the Water Treatment Plant running efficiently producing high quality water. All vessels are drained, cleaned and inspected at least annually. All critical Plant equipment is inspected, tested and maintained at least annually to help ensure satisfactory operation during peak flow demands. All water quality monitoring instruments are checked or calibrated in accordance with our Quality Assurance/Quality Control policy. The results from major on-line instruments are compared to laboratory instruments.
A well-equipped laboratory with accreditation by CALA to ISO/IEC 17025 is located on site. Accreditation is limited to those tests listed on the laboratory's scope of testing available at: http://www.caladirectory.ca/index.php. The laboratory monitors the quality of raw and treated water as well as water quality at several intermediate steps in the treatment process. Major process control parameters (turbidity, pH, chlorine residual, particle counts, dissolved oxygen and temperature) are monitored continuously by instrumentation communicating with the Plant process computer system. Analyses are performed for most regulated parameters on a daily to monthly schedule; for other parameters (most trace-level organics and metals) samples are sent to commercial laboratories. Analytical results are compared to Canadian Federal guidelines and to Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (MOE) objectives.
Analyses for a wide variety of physical, chemical, and microbiological parameters are performed in the Buffalo Pound Laboratory. Some 65 different constituents are routinely determined and approximately 25,000 tests are done yearly.