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Facility will purify water contaminated by mining activity

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Posted at 8:10 PM, Jul 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-21 22:10:02-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah —  Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District officials said they’ve come up with a way to help them meet increasing demand for water, despite low water levels in Utah.

Officials said the Jordan Valley Water Treatment Facility will capture underground water contaminated from years of mining activity and purify it into drinking water using a process called reverse osmosis.

Richard Bay, general manager for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, said the technology is relatively new to Utah.

“This is unique because it’s a new technology, a high-tech demineralization plant intended to treat groundwater especially from southwest Salt Lake Valley,” he said.

Officials said the facility has a capacity of seven million gallons per day. The reverse osmosis process will begin in about two weeks.

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