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Randleman Water Treatment Plant

1000 East Naomi Street
Randleman, NC 27317
(336) 498-2352


 


 

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The Randleman Water Treatment Plant was built in 1935 to serve the community of Randleman with a continuous safe supply of drinking water. The original plant was rated to treat a total of 250,000 gallons of water per day. The plant was expanded in 1955 to allow 500,000 gallons of water to be treated per day. The last expansion occurred in 1979 and brought the plant to its current capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day. The water plant currently services over 1600 connections and over 3,000 customers. The plant currently averages approximately one million gallons of water treated per day.

Treatment techniques

Treatment techniques determine the quality of water that you the customer will receive from the water plant. Although new techniques are developed continuously, the overall process of treating water has remained the same throughout the history of the plant.

Raw or source water is pulled in via a pump station located on Polecat Creek. The water is mixed with Aluminum Sulfate (Alum), Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic), and Chlorine immediately upon entering the plant. The water is allowed to mix with these chemicals to remove any dirt particles and bacteria that may be present in the source water. After the mixing process, Powdered Activated Carbon is added to combat the taste and odor that is present in the water. With the carbon added to the water, it is allowed to settle for approximately two hours to allow the heavier particles to fall out into the four large settling basins located on the plant grounds. After the settling process, the water is ran through a filter to remove any particles that did not settle out. Chlorine is then added as well as a corrosion inhibitor. The water is then put into storage tanks to be pumped into the elevated tanks around town when needed.

The chemicals that are applied and the point of application has changed considerably, and the regulations placed on the quality of water have become more stringent, but the process has remained the same for the past 55 years of operation at the water plant.