City’s drinking water system once again scores perfect rating

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Owen O’Keefe, sater purification plant supervisor, left, and Shawn O’Brien, water distribution and wastewater collection supervisor.

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

The City of Cornwall received a 100 per cent rating in its 2013-2014 Drinking Water System Inspection Report following a thorough inspection of Cornwall’s Drinking Water System on January 14.

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.

Cornwall's drinking water system consists of the water purification plant on Second Street West, a booster station, an elevated water tower and 277 kilometres of water mains throughout the City.

“We take great pride in knowing that our water system has achieved a perfect inspection rating for six consecutive years,” said Shawn O’Brien, water distribution and wastewater collection supervisor.

More than 12 million cubic metres of treated water was produced in 2013 and more than 700 water samples were tested on regularly scheduled intervals throughout the year.

As per the Safe Drinking Water Act, the City of Cornwall is required to release an annual report regarding its Drinking Water System. A copy of this report can be found at

Organizations: Drinking Water System, Ontario Ministry of Environment

Geographic location: Cornwall, Ontario

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Recent comments

  • M. Wexford
    May 05, 2014 - 18:30

    We just need to remove the fluoride then it will be better then perfect

    • Dave
      May 07, 2014 - 09:00

      I'd start with your toothpaste, check the chlorine content of that vs. the amount naturally occurring in the water source for Cornwall's drinking water.