Will pharmaceuticals (birth control, hormones, etc.) and other chemicals and organic material (such as blood) be extracted from our drinking water with advanced treatment?

If so, will it remove all or most of these compounds? I have read that reverse osmosis tends to remove everything, but I was not sure about microfiltration.

Yes, pharmaceuticals, hormones and other non-regulated contaminants will be removed to below detectable levels by the advanced treatment processes that will be added to the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility as part of our reuse project. These processes are designed to remove many of the same types of contaminants that reverse osmosis removes. The processes we are adding include ozone treatment, biologically active carbon filtration, ultraviolet radiation and granular activated carbon filtration. These are in addition to microfiltration, which is already used as the facility. Microfiltration which is very similar to, but not quite as extensive as, reverse osmosis.

Regardless of where our water originates, Castle Rock Water must meet very strict state and federal regulations to provide clean and safe water. In fact, the wastewater treatment plant also must remove contaminants from water before releasing it into the creek, as communities downstream are already picking this water up to treat it for drinking water.

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1. Will pharmaceuticals (birth control, hormones, etc.) and other chemicals and organic material (such as blood) be extracted from our drinking water with advanced treatment?
2. Will the cost of our water go down with the implementation of water reuse, or should we expect costs to remain steady?
3. Why are we being forced to drink recycled water starting in 2020? Did I miss a Town vote on this? I do not want to drink recycled water. I'd rather slow Town growth than drink recycled water.
4. What is the source of the water in Sellars Gulch? It flows year-round through Festival Park but seems to disappear just a few miles upstream.
5. Why is Castle Rock Water asking residents, HOAs, and commercial customers to conserve more water?
6. Is our water bill among the highest in the nation?
7. Why aren’t developers required to desert-scape in Castle Rock?
8. Does the Town have a surplus of water it sells to other communities?