Media Release

October 18, 2012

The Regional Municipality of York takes leadership role in water and wastewater research and innovation

York Region partnership with industry professionals achieves measurable results
The Regional Municipality of York’s commitment to innovation and industry leadership has resulted in leading-edge research and new technology, helping not only York Region, but municipalities across Canada.

Implementation of the research results into the treatment of water and wastewater directly complements provincial and federal legislative initiatives and provides York Region residents with a healthier environment.

“York Regional Council supports working with industry and educational professionals to increase the level of protection we can offer our municipalities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “By taking a leadership position, we move beyond compliance with existing regulations. Instead, this is our opportunity to help influence and shape provincial water and wastewater initiatives.”

York Region has partnered with University of Toronto’s Drinking Water Research Group, Water Research Foundation and the Ministry of the Environment Showcasing Water Innovation to produce industry-leading research studies.  Projects underway or already
working for York Region include:
• Carbon filter optimization program for taste and odour control
• Improvements to disinfection systems at the Keswick water treatment plant
• Industry- leading investigations into alternative treatment chemicals
• Comparison studies of threats to treatment and evaluation of risks to public health
• Chloramine disinfectant studies
• Effectiveness of mixing systems to maintain water quality in storage facilities
• Investigations into the use of advanced treatment methods for the removal of wastewater trace substances
“This continued research has a direct effect on Regional master planning exercises,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee. “We see a measurable return-on-investment through cost-savings, program efficiencies and improved water quality.”

York Region has approached the Southern Ontario Water Consortium to discuss a role within its projects, beginning 2014. The consortium is provincially, federally and privately funded, with membership from the educational, government and private sectors. It’s mandate is to promote the responsible management of water resources through research and development of technology.

York Region continues to demonstrate leadership in water and wastewater research and technology through current partnerships and the ongoing searches for new collaborations.

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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York 905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1237  Cell: 905-505-5775
The Regional Municipality of York provides services to 1.1 million residents and 41,000 businesses that employ 516,000 people

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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