City drinking water gets top marks: study

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For the fifth straight year, the City of Cornwall's drinking water system has scored a perfect inspection rating from the Ontario Ministry of Environment.

"Cornwall residents enjoy drinking water that is second to none," said Mayor Bob Kilger. "Based on these latest inspection results, residents should have every confidence when they turn on their taps."

The city received a 100 per cent inspection rating in its 2012-2013 Drinking Water System Inspection Report following a thorough inspection of Cornwall's Drinking Water System on Jan. 15.

The Ministry of Environment inspection covered a wide range of areas such as treatment processes, training and certification, water quality monitoring and reporting mechanisms.

"We continuously monitor the quality of our drinking water to ensure that residents and businesses have access to a safe source of water," said Owen O’Keefe, water purification plant supervisor. "We take great pride in having achieved a 100 per cent inspection rating for the fifth consecutive year."

Cornwall's water distribution system consists of an intake site and a state-of-the-art Purification Plant on Second Street West along with a reservoir and elevated storage tank.

Over 11 million cubic metres of fresh clean water is pumped annually through 200-plus kilometres of water mains to homes and workplaces throughout the City.

As per the Safe Drinking Water Act, the City of Cornwall conducts over 600 water samples on regularly scheduled intervals throughout the year.

Organizations: Ontario Ministry of Environment

Geographic location: Cornwall

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