Cornwall water system receives perfect score

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Cornwall water system receives perfect score
The City of Cornwall water tower.

CORNWALL, Ontario – For the 11th year in a row, the Cornwall water system has received a perfect score from the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

The annual inspection focused on the water sampling processes, and the maintenance of Cornwall’s water system. Inspectors reviewed Cornwall’s certification requirements, equipment calibration, and reviewed the documentation of the operation of the water distribution system from over the past year.

“Our highly trained and dedicated staff are continuously monitoring our drinking water to ensure the safety and quality of the water for all residents and businesses,” said Owen O’Keefe, Water Purification Plant Supervisor.

Cornwall’s water is monitored constantly to ensure that chlorine levels are safe. On a weekly basis, water is sampled from different areas of the City and sent to a third party lab to test for bacteria and is tested for nitrate and Trihalomethanes (THMs) quarterly.

According to O’Keefe, all of these tests show that Cornwall’s water meets or exceeds the provincial standard.

Cornwall’s water comes through Lake St. Lawrence and 11 million cubic metres of fresh water is pumped through the system annually though over 278 kilometres of watermain pipes.

“Our water system is a critical piece of infrastructure and we take great pride in having achieved a perfect inspection rating for 11 consecutive years,” said Shawn O’Brien, Water and Sewer Supervisor.

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