April 8, 2009

The Regional Municipality of York's drinking water quality surpasses Provincial standards


Bottled water an unnecessary expense


NEWMARKETThe Regional Municipality of York’s drinking water quality surpasses Ontario’s stringent standards, making the purchase of bottled water an unnecessary expense.


Periodically, water companies deliver brochures to residences and businesses promoting the benefits of bottled water versus municipal tap water.  In many instances, unsubstantiated claims are made. 


Recently, a publication targeted the addition of fluoride in drinking water.  Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in air, water, soil and almost all foods. The process of adding small amounts of fluoride to drinking water is a public health measure to protect dental health and prevent or reduce tooth decay. 


Many studies have shown that fluoridated drinking water greatly reduces the number of cavities in children’s teeth.  According to Health Canada, there are no undue health risks from consuming fluoridated water at levels found in our local municipal water systems.  


During the 2007/2008 Ministry of the Environment evaluation period, York Region’s drinking water quality standards achieved an almost perfect score of 99.9 per cent.  This was derived from results of more than 1,800 tests performed on our extremely comprehensive water distribution network. 


York Region is registered to an ISO 9001 quality management system standard, operating and maintaining: 

§         17 water pumping stations

§         40 storage facilities (tanks and reservoirs)

§         37 production wells

§         Two water treatment plants

§         Close to 280 kilometres of transmission pipes

§         Managing water supplies from the City of Toronto and Region of Peel

The bottled water industry does not undergo the same level of scrutiny as municipal drinking water supplies nor is it regulated as stringently as municipal water.


For more information on The Regional Municipality of York water quality, reports are viewable at www.york.ca/Services/Water


For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca


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Media Contact:   Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, York Region

Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1237 / Cell: 905 505-5775

Email: barbara.moss@york.ca

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