Report says Park City’s drinking water is safe, meets quality standards |

Report says Park City’s drinking water is safe, meets quality standards

Pamela Manson The Park Record
A report says tests show Park City’s drinking water is safe. 3Kings Water Treatment Plant, which is slated to begin operations next summer, is expected to improve water quality and increase overall system capacity. | David Jackson/Park Record

If you’re looking for a refreshing drink in Park City, try tap water from the kitchen faucet.

A recent report says city drinking water met or exceeded quality standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Utah Division of Drinking Water for testing from January through December 2021. 

“Once again, Park City Water has provided the highest-quality drinking water and customer service for our residents, visitors, and businesses,” the 2021 Drinking Water Quality Consumer Confidence Report says.

The municipality’s water continues to be of “superior quality,” according to the report.

The report by the Park City Water Department lists every regulated contaminant detected in the water, even in the most minute traces, along with the highest level allowed by regulation. The EPA requires every community water supplier to provide a consumer confidence report to its customers by July 1 each year. 

Park City has one of the most complex municipal water systems in the United States, Michelle De Haan, water quality and treatment manager, said. She said although the EPA classifies the system as small, the city has eight sources of water – three wells, one spring, two tunnels, the Weber River upstream of Rockport Reservoir and the Jordanelle Special Service District, which sells treated water – a high number for the 8,500-population municipality.

In addition, Park City has two water treatment plants. The Quinn’s Junction plant treats water with microfiltration while Creekside’s process includes two-stage cartridge filtration and ultraviolet light.

Many small water systems might have just one well for potable water and simply chlorinate, De Haan said, and the person in charge of the operation might also be maintaining the streets.

“We have talented staff who know how to operate multiple types of facilities,” she said. “They have to be very high-tech water treatment operators to be able to accomplish this.”

The department monitors for contaminants in the water and also tests the hardness of the water so homeowners can use that information if they want to install a softener, De Haan said. 

In October, the city conducted its first large-scale “ice pigging” in the Thaynes Canyon and Iron Canyon neighborhoods, the report says. Ice pigging is a water main cleaning technology that removes accumulated metals from water distribution mains by pushing a slurry of ice, called a pig, through an underground network of pipes.

“We have an extremely robust water quality program and we as residents and visitors and businesses can drink our tap water with confidence and pride,” De Haan said.

The water system is continuing to make improvements with the construction of a new plant. The 3Kings Water Treatment Plant, which is on track to open by summer 2023, will improve water quality and increase overall system capacity, the report says.

The plant will cost approximately $78 million to build and the overall project price tag will be about $110 million when the cost to increase the capacity of the Quinn’s Junction plant and to build the Creekside plant are added, which will make it the biggest project the city has built, De Haan said. 

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