A 100 per cent rating demonstrates Region’s commitment to go above and beyond the multi-barrier, health-based drinking water quality standards mandated by the province. The results were presented to the Niagara Region on March 9th
News from Niagara’s Regional Government in Niagara, Ontario
Posted March 10th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
A Brief Foreword by Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –
With so much negative news involving Ontario’s Ford government assaulting environmental protection programs these days, it is heartening to get some news that is positive.
And this news is no small deal because it is about the quality of water that comes out of taps in homes across Niagara, Ontario.
This news is about a top rating Ontario’s Ministry of Environment has once again given for the high quality of water Niagara’s Regional Government treatment plants pump to homes across the region that receive their water from one of these plants.
When I worked as a full-time environment reporter for The St. Catharines Standard through the 1980s and 90s, I visited the Region’s Decew water treatment plant in St. Catharines a number of times and there was a very dedicated person running that plant at the time named Andy Forbes.
In an access to information gesture that is almost unheard of these days, Andy Forbes would take me in to his office at the plant and let me see month after month of test results from public and private laboratories, showing that levels of dozens after dozens of contaminants of concern in the water heading for homes and businesses in in the communities that plant served, including all of St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake and most of Thorold
One of the sermons I often got from Andy Forbes during those years revolved around all of the people who had already turned to spending dollars per litre on bottled water when the water plants like his delivered cost a penny or less for the same amount. At the same times, tests performed by Health Canada, Environment Canada and other bodies of senior government detected virtually no difference in the quality of water coming from a person’s tap or a bottle purchased at a convenience store.
I would be one of the last ones to say that we, the people, should not remain vigilant about the quality of our drinking water or anything that might threaten it. We have had threats in the past and there will very likely be threats we should be address now and well into the future.
Yet overall, I believe that Andy’s sermon about the quality of the treated water in Niagara, versus anything you might buy for a much higher price in commercial bottles, remains as relevant now as it did then.
Now here is Niagara Region’s news release on the positive rating it has received on the water its plants treat –
The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks inspects water treatment facilities annually to ensure compliance with provincial regulations. The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks calculates its inspection ratings based on the number of areas where a system is non-compliant.
An inspection rating of less than 100 per cent does not mean the drinking water is unsafe but shows where a system’s operations can improve.
In addition to water quality monitoring, these inspections look at various aspects of water operations including reporting, record keeping, and certification. Delivering safe and reliable drinking water and efficient service delivery is at the forefront of daily operations for both the Region and your area municipality.
Striving to maintain this above-average rating each year ensures residents receive the highest quality drinking water each and every day. This is achieved by the continuous improvement efforts by all staff in the water-wastewater division. In Ontario, typically around 70 per cent of municipal drinking water systems receive a 100 per cent rating.
Each year, the Region produces water quality reports and makes them available to the public on our website.
Visit our website to learn more about tap water in Niagara and to view annual drinking water quality reports <http://www.niagararegion.ca/water> .
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