Ottawa drinking water has clean bill of health

crystal is how the City of Ottawa’s drinking water system rates. The 2012 Municipal Drinking Water Sys- tems Summary Report hit the desk at City Hall in Ottawa and the final word is that all seven of the residential drinking water sys-

tems within the municipal boundaries rate passing marks. “Ottawa’s drinking water is exceptional,” stated Mayor JimWatson in a news release. “Ensuring the quality and safety of our city’s drinking water is a responsibility that every- one at the City of Ottawa takes seriously.” The annual report is required under the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act. The focus of the review is compliance with provincial regulations to maintain safe drinking water. The stricter regulations came into force fol- lowing the Walkerton contamination disas- ter.

The 2012 report gave 100-per cent per- fect scores for six of the city’s seven drinking water systems. The exception is the Greely- Shadow Ridge Well System that the city op- erates for the owner, Donwel Land Inc., and which serves 125 homes in Ottawa South. That system scored 96.8 per cent because of two incidents during the summer of ex- cessive sustained water use that exceeded the system’s maximum flow rate. Drinking water quality was not affected by the inci- dents. Detailed results of the report are available at


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Rural water grants

OTTAWA | Homeowners in rural Ottawa can get help with ensuring their water systems are clean. The Ottawa Rural CleanWater Grants Pro- gram is available again. The program is of- fered in cooperation with the South Nation Conservation Authority and provides funds to improve surface water and groundwa- ter quality. Eligible applicants include any property owners within Ottawa’s rural re- gions, farm owners within the City of Otta- wa’s boundary, landowners within Ottawa’s urban boundary who need help decommis- sioning a well, and non-profit groups doing public education projects on water quality. Grants approved may range from $1000 to $15,000 depending on the type of proj- ect involved. Applicants must contact the Landowner Resource Centre first before staring their projects to be eligible for funding approval. Application deadline is May 1.

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