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HomePlus Community Water Treatment Division

HomePlus Product's Community Water Division specializes in point-of-entry (POE) water treatment for small communities and regulated commercial applications. We provide support to our customers at all stages of POE system implementation including:

  • water testing
  • infrastructure planning
  • treatment system design
  • preparing regulatory applications and supporting documentation
  • community consultation and education
  • project financing and insurance
  • installer and maintenance training
  • ongoing compliance assistance
  • and of course water treatment equipment sales or procurement

We work with communities and businesses of all sizes, ranging from rural communities comprised of only a handful of homes to improvement districts encompassing 200+ homes, and business ranging in size from small restaurants to multi-billion resource companies. Regardless of your application, we can help. We can assist you in the design, development, and implementation of your water system, and most importantly, on your behalf, we can work with regulatory agencies to obtain construction and operating permits for your project. You save time, money, and headaches.

What is P.O.E.?

Point-of-entry systems involve the application of water treatment equipment at the point where the main water supply enters a building. In a community application, this would mean that each home and business would have its own small independent water treatment system as opposed to a centralized treatment system prior to or within the community distribution system as is common in large cities. In many cases, POE systems are cheaper to install and may have other advantages.

Typical POE System:

A typical point-of-entry water treatment system begins with series of pre-filters designed to improve the esthetic qualities of the water. Such filters improve the clarity of the water, reduce minerals such as iron and calcium that cause staining and hard water scale, and improve the smell and taste of the water by removing organic compounds. In many instances, the final filter in the series also removes certain larger waterborne pathogens such as cryptosporidium and giardia. The final stage of water treatment is typically aimed at microbiological contaminants such as bacteria and viruses and is most often either an ultraviolet light (UV) sterilizer, or small chlorinator, or in some cases, both. Of course, a myriad of fail-safe equipment is usually employed to provide protection in the event of abnormal conditions such as temporary changes in the feed water quality (often due to heavy rain or snowmelt), power failures, equipment failure, etc. Further equipment may be used to help facilitate maintenance, reduce maintenance intervals and cost, and provide performance and compliance monitoring data.

When should P.O.E. be considered?

An affirmative answer to any one of the following questions suggests that point-of-entry water treatment may be a desirable option for a small community:

1. Does the small number of homes served by the water system, or another factor, make centralized water treatment prohibitively expensive?

2. Is the majority of the water distributed by the system used for purposes other than domestic water supply (e.g. agricultural irrigation)?

3. Is there low confidence in the integrity of the distribution system (i.e. risk of contamination from within the distribution system due to aged pipes)?

4. Are there any contaminants present in the water that require treatment for health reasons that are not easily addressed with conventional centralized treatment equipment (heavy metals, nitrates, etc.)?

5. Do the community residents have a strong aversion to traditional centralized water treatment due to perceived esthetic (taste/odor) disadvantages or concerns regarding the use of chlorine as a primary disinfectant (e.g. formation of disinfection by-products such as trihalomethanes)?

P.O.E. growing in popularity…

While POE water treatment has been commonly applied in individual commercial operations including restaurants, hotels, lodges, schools, and other public facilities, POE has become a more popular alternative for small residential communities during the past decade. The growth in the popularity of POE treatment has developed for several reasons, most notably the emergence of new technologies in ultraviolet (UV) disinfection equipment. In recent years, manufacturers of UV sterilizers have released new products that reduce maintenance frequency, increase reliability, and vastly improve compliance and performance monitoring. Concerted efforts to educate dealers, regulators, and consumers, formalized installer and operator training, and establish a code of best practices in the industry, have also created a better understanding of the capabilities of the technology and how it should be used.

POE Applications:

  • small communities (fewer than 500 residents)
  • first nations
  • mobile home / modular home parks
  • community halls
  • schools
  • mining & oil & gas camps
  • tourism and recreation facilities
  • campgrounds and RV parks
  • hotels and motels
  • resorts and wilderness/fishing/hunting lodges
  • bed & breakfasts

Our Approach:

Our Community Water Treatment Division has several guiding principals that we feel are critical to the success of all projects:

  • co-operation: we believe it is critical to involve the community members, local health authority representatives, and other key stakeholders in the project from an early stage. By working as a cohesive team, much more can be accomplished in a shorter time frame. We also work closely with equipment manufacturers and organizations like the Sustainable Infrastructure Society to enhance resources available to small water systems.
  • education: one thing you will never get from our company is a "hard sell." We offer very competitive pricing, a very high level of service, and expertise that is hard to match. But more important than all of those important values, we offer education. We help you understand your system so you can get the most out of it, so you can reduce maintenance costs and achieve the greatest efficiencies, and of course, so that your system continues to meet your needs in the long-term.
  • fully-integrated service: There is much more to a successful POE project than just installing a water filter and UV sterilizer. We provide assistance and support at all stages of your project from water testing to ongoing compliance monitoring, you can expect us to be there ever step of the way!
  • integrity: as members of the Canadian Water Quality Association, you can expect that we will adhere to the highest standards in our industry.

Call one of our specialists for a no obligation consultation to learn how we can help you save time and money when implementing your water treatment project. Call Toll Free 1-866-376-2690 or email us today.

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