March 01, 2013
Annual water system summary reports reaffirm safety of drinking water in Oxford County
Reports now online for 19 communities that make up the County of Oxford’s municipal water system.
Annual water system summary reports are now online for each of the 19 communities that make up the County of Oxford’s municipal water system.
Of the 16 Ministry of the Environment inspection reports completed on Oxford County municipal water systems in 2012:
- four systems received inspection ratings of 100% (Beachville, Embro, Hickson and Princeton);
- 10 received ratings between 96-98% (Bright, Brownsville, Dereham Centre, Drumbo-Princeton, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Plattsville, Tavistock and Tillsonburg); and
- two had ratings between 92-94% (Lakeside and Otterville-Springford).
Ministry of the Environment reports for Ingersoll, Thamesford and Woodstock have not yet been finalized, but Public Works expects a minimum rating of 95% for these water systems. Water summary reports must be completed and submitted to municipal councils by March 31 of each year. Oxford County’s water reports will be presented to County Council on March 27, 2013.
Annual water system summary reports are a requirement of Ontario’s Safe Drinking Water Act for each of Ontario’s municipal water systems. The reports disclose the presence of harmful bacteria like E.coli or chemicals such as lead, and must also show any steps taken to address any adverse, or unusual, test results in the water system.
In response to public feedback and to promote better understanding of drinking water issues, the County of Oxford began releasing annual health information advisories in 2013 to remind people of special health considerations, such as the recommendation to avoid using tap water to prepare infant formula in areas with naturally occurring fluoride, or to consult with a physician if you are on a sodium-restricted diet but live in an area with high levels of sodium in the drinking water. To read the health information advisories, visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/health.
To read Oxford County’s water system summary reports, visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/drinkingwater.
- In 2012, Oxford County Public Works treated and supplied just over 12 million cubic metres of drinking water to 21 communities through 19 separate systems.
- Water quality testing for Oxford County in 2012 was based on results from 4,307 regulated bacteriological samples collected. Of those, 11 were adverse samples (0.2%), requiring further testing.
- Tap water in Oxford County is regularly tested for bacteria and more than 70 different chemicals at 30 separate treatment points.
- Tap water offers safety, reliability, and value for your dollar. A typical 500 mL bottle can be filled with tap water more than 1,500 times for $1.00.
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