Media Release

September 22, 2011

The Regional Municipality of York continues research partnership with University of Toronto

Participation enhances York Region’s leadership role in drinking water research and innovation
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has renewed its agreement with the University of Toronto Drinking Water Research Group. 
This partnership provides a teamwork approach to improve drinking water quality through sound research and engineering.  The Drinking Water Research Group includes researchers from three universities, government, consulting, equipment suppliers, and municipal utilities, working together to lead innovation in drinking water quality, treatment and distribution systems.
“The Drinking Water Research Group benefits our municipalities, our residents and our staff by providing valuable information used in our day-to-day water operations,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “We are committed to ensuring the quality of water delivered to our residents is of the highest calibre. Our participation allows us to take part in - and benefit from - important research.”  
Partnership in industry-leading research studies have proven valuable to York Region, resulting in operational and water quality improvements.
Among the projects and programs already utilized in York Region:
• Granular Activated Carbon Filter Performance Research
• Keswick Water Treatment Plant Disinfection Study
• Yonge Street Aquifer Chloramine Residual Studies
• Quantitative Microbial Risk Analysis
The financial commitment to the partnership is $80,000 per year for a period of five years.
“Our participation in this research group will enable York Region to remain on the forefront of emerging water issues,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee.  “The work completed will benefit communities around the world.”
York Region is well-placed as a leader within the water industry. Renewal of the partnership will assist in the understanding of water quality and emerging water quality issues as well as develop key federal, provincial and industry contacts.

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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, York Region
 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1237 • Cell: 905-505-5775 •

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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