Community will become only the second in North America to use hydrogen peroxide as a secondary water treatment
By Debora Van Brenk, The London Free Press
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Glencoe-area residents will soon be drinking water cleaned with a process similar to the kind used in some dental offices.
The community will become only the second in North America to use a proprietary system called Huwa-San Peroxide Technology as a secondary water treatment, instead of chlorine water disinfection.
The benefits, says Southwest Middlesex Mayor Doug Reycraft, include cleaner, safer and better-tasting water.
“This is new and has the potential to be used in many parts of the province,” Reycraft said. “What happens here is likely to be the prototype for other water systems in other areas of Ontario.”
It’s new here but not completely untried.
This specific technology, developed in Belgium, is used in Europe in hospitals and other closed systems that require ultra-high water quality, said Andy Valickis, engineer and senior project manager with the Ontario Clean Water Agency, which also operates the Southwest Middlesex water treatment facility.
It’s also been in use since November in the small eastern Ontario community of Killaloe, under approval from the Ontario Environment Ministry.
Valickis has high hopes and expectations of the technology.
“It’s a much more natural substance than chlorine is to the body so we think it’s a safer product to use.”