April 2, 2004

Mount Albert IGA water supply safe

EAST GWILLIMBURY, ON - Customers of the Mount Albert IGA should be fully confident in the safety of the store water supply. 
“We’ve taken every precaution to ensure the food in our store is prepared with careful attention to food safety,” said Cahal Stewart, owner and operator of Mount Albert IGA. “It’s been a challenging time for all of us. We hope to continue to build on our good reputation in this town as a neighbourhood store that cares about its customers, its employees and making the community a better place for everyone.”
A Boil Water Advisory was issued by the York Region Medical Officer of Health to the IGA, 19263 Highway 48, Mount Albert, Town of East Gwillimbury, on March 26 after a water sample test revealed E. coli.  The Boil Water Advisory was lifted on March 29 after all resamples indicated a safe water supply for the store with no evidence of bacterial contamination including E.coli.
Investigations by York Region Health Services, the Ministry of the Environment and the Town of East Gwillimbury have not identified the source of contamination. 
Residents in the area are reminded that the municipal water supply is safe and was never compromised.
“The Mount Albert IGA is an important and contributing member of the East Gwillimbury community,” said East Gwillimbury Mayor James Young.
The Mount Albert IGA remained open for business during the advisory and an alternate water supply was used until the advisory was lifted. The grocery store is family owned and operated by Cahal Stewart, his daughter Kathleen and her husband Matt Miller.     
The Town of East Gwillimbury is located in the northern part of York Region, just 30 minutes north of Toronto.

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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