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Reports & Publications - Annual Report 2000

Keeping You Informed About Water Safety

Keeping You Informed About Water Safety
During the year, drinking water issues acquired an unprecedented awareness by the general public. This was the result of the Walkerton Outbreak, where E.coli 0157.H7 bacteria were isolated in the town's municipal water system and an outbreak caused a large number of human illnesses as well as 7 deaths. As a result of this outbreak, Health Unit staff addressed thousands of concerns received from the general public in regards to private drinking water supplies. Water sampling kits were made available to the general public for self-testing of their water supply. A total of 12,952 samples were processed by the Health Unit and subsequently analyzed by the Public Health Laboratories in Ottawa and in Kingston. Homeowners with unsafe water results were advised on proper procedures to take to ensure a safe water supply. The Drinking Water Protection Regulation, proclaimed in August 2000, established certain requirements affecting municipal and large water systems. The Regulation requires that the Medical Officer of Health of each health unit be immediately notified of any adverse water results. Staff did also actively participated in ground water protection initiatives in the United Counties of Leeds, Grenville, as well as address issues of ground water contamination in certain municipalities. The Health Unit has information that is available to the public on various water related issues.

A total of 12,952 samples were processed by the Health Unit and subsequently analyzed by the Public Health Laboratories in Ottawa and in Kingston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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