June 22, 2007
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York scores top marks for quality of drinking water

York Region water receives near perfect score on provincial assessment
 
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has scored extremely well in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report for 2006, with an overall compliance rating of 99.7 per cent.
 
“I am very pleased to see that once again York Region is receiving top marks for water quality from the Province of Ontario,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “We have an extensive and highly sophisticated water distribution network, and our water and wastewater staff deserve a lot of credit for continuing to provide high quality drinking water to our area municipalities.”
 
York Region has 15 wells and water treatment facilities that were subject to 3,204 separate tests by officials with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE).  The MOE tests for a number of different factors in assessing compliance with provincial water quality standards, including water treatment and water quality monitoring by municipalities.
 
Below are the 2006 results for York Region:
 

 

Facility

Compliance items/Tests

Overall Score (%)

Ansnorveldt Water Supply

216/216

100

Aurora Well Supply

242/242

100

Ballantrae/Musselman’s Well Supply

255/255

100

Georgina Water Treatment Plant

251/256

98.1

Holland Landing Well Supply

236/236

100

Keswick Water Treatment Plant

73/73

100

King City Well Supply

60/60

100

Kleinburg Well Supply

248/248

100

Mount Albert Well Supply

235/235

100

Newmarket Well Supply

237/237

100

Nobleton Well Supply

245/245

100

Queensville (York Region) Well Supply

236/236

100

Schomberg Well Supply

249/253

98.4

Stouffville Well Supply

257/257

100

York Distribution System

153/155

98.7

TOTAL

3,193/3,204

99.7

 
 
 
“York Region residents can be confident that they will continue to receive some of the highest quality drinking water in Ontario,” said York Region’s Commissioner of Transportation and Works Bruce Macgregor.  “With an internationally-recognized ISO-9001 quality control system in place to constantly improve our service delivery, York Region remains at the forefront of world-class drinking water treatment and distribution.”
 
While York Region did fare very well in overall compliance, there were 11 items out of the 3,204 recorded which were considered to be non-compliant.  None of these 11 items related to the safety of the water system or the Region’s water supply. 
 
Of these:
 
• Five items cited for minor omissions in on-site log books
• Four items cited for minor technical issues in treatment
• Two items were cited for late renewal of operator certification
 
Regional staff have followed-up on each item to prevent future occurrences.
 
For more information on York Region water quality, reports are viewable at www.york.ca under the links for water and wastewater.
 
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1232 or Cell (905) 251-6419
 Email: michael.kemp@york.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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