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New chemical being added to Hamilton drinking water treatment

The City of Hamilton is adding orthophosphate to the drinking water to reduce corrosion in the city’s remaining old lead pipes in the water distribution system. This is needed because the lead that corrodes and leaches into the drinking water from lead pipes is bad for people. Full story here Posted in The Hamilton Spectator

Man ends own life after living with neurological damage caused by Walkerton tragedy

It’s been 18 years since a deadly E. coli outbreak devastated the rural town of Walkerton, 150 kilometres northwest of Toronto. Seven people perished. A further 2,500, half the population, took ill. Most eventually got better. Robbie Schnurr never did. The former OPP officer and investigator with Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal was in […]

New regulations under Safe Drinking Water Act could impact municipalities

The province is considering a move to require municipalities, such as the Region of Durham, to ensure steps to protect water sources are taken prior to new or expanded drinking water systems being made publicly available. Full story…

Innisfil Council insulted by Greenbelt Study

Town Council is not impressed with noticed it received in December from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs about expanding the Greenbelt into Innisfil. Full story…    

Water rate increases right thing to do for city’s future

Re: Article titled “ City taxes to rise 4.52% ”, published Dec. 21. Raising water rates is the way to fund infrastructure. Cambridge should be commended for moving to raise its water rates to cover its infrastructure costs. The increase is consistent with the best practices for municipal water […] Click here to view original […]

Long-term drinking water advisories lifted in two First Nation communities

Upon Health Canada’s recommendation, Kahkewistahaw First Nation in Saskatchewan lifted the drinking water advisory on October 31, which had been in effect since June 3, 2015. The drinking water advisory at Serpent River First Nation in Ontario, which was in effect since September 1, 2015, was lifted on November […] Click here to view original […]

13-year-old Anishinaabe water advocate to speak at United Nations

Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old Anishinaabe water advocate from Wikwemikong First Nation, will be speaking at the UN General Assembly as they declare 2018-2028 the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development. (Linda Roy/Irevaphotography) Rhiannon Johnson Rhiannon Johnson is an Anishnaabe journalist from Hiawatha First Nation in South-Central […] Click here to view original […]

Boil water advisory lifted for Hawkesbury

A boil water advisory for three towns in eastern Ontario has been lifted. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images) A boil water advisory issued to residents in Hawkesbury, Vankleek Hill and L’Orignal earlier this week has been lifted. On Sunday night, a water filtration plant in Hawkesbury, Ont., flooded leading to boil […] Click here to view original […]

Owners of Orillia-area water testing lab convicted

A water-testing lab and its owners have been convicted and fined more than $246,000. – Metroland file photo A privately operated laboratory and its owners have been convicted for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Central Ontario Analytical Laboratory Inc. and a numbered company were located on Burnside […] Click here to view original […]

School closures due to Hawkesbury boil water advisory

The city says the order was lifted on Friday after tests showed the water was safe to drink. Two school closures today: Vankleek Hill CI and Pleasant Corners PS are closed due to water issues at the main water plant. The day care is also closed and transportation is […] Click here to view original […]