June 6, 2011

The Regional Municipality of York upgrades King City water supply

Addition of Lake Ontario-based water supply augments current groundwater sources
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is upgrading the water supply to the community of King City, augmenting the current supply of groundwater with lake-based water from the York Water System. 
 
The addition of lake-based water will take place between Monday, June 13 and Monday, June 27.
 
In addition to the water supply upgrade, the current method of disinfection will move to chloramination from chlorination.  A chloraminated supply uses both chlorine and small amounts of ammonia to disinfect the water.  It is recognized by both the Ministry of the Environment and Health Canada as a safe disinfectant to treat water for drinking and domestic use.  In addition to chloramination, fluoride will also be included in the water supply.
 
King City’s municipal water supply will receive the same treatment process used for seven other York Region municipalities, processed through the same treatment facilities serving the City of Toronto and Peel Region.
 
In order to complete the water system conversion and to provide necessary system maintenance, watermains in the King City water system will require flushing.  Residents are advised that in the event of tap-water discolouration, water use should be discontinued for approximately one hour, then allow an unsoftened, cold-water tap to run for approximately five minutes.  Residents are cautioned against drinking discoloured water or from laundering clothes.
 
Note: As with chlorinated water, kidney dialysis patients and owners of fish, reptiles and amphibians must take care with chloraminated water.  King City residents on dialysis machines are advised to contact their physicians for more information.  Fish, reptiles and amphibian owners are advised to contact their pet store.
 
For more information about the upgrades or change in water treatment, visit 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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