Is it Safe to Drink Water in Halton?

 

It’s been just under a year since a ‘do not drink advisory’ was issued for the Town of Milton by Halton Region’s associate medical officer of health. 

This advisory was issued following a significant watermain break in the town. 

Now, almost a year later, the Halton Region has announced some good news.

Water across the region is safe to drink.

According to a recent press release, the 2018 Management Review and external systems audit of Halton Region’s Drinking Water Quality Management System revealed that the Halton Region is continuing to meet the Ontario Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (the Standard) and requirements under the province’s Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002. 

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks requires municipalities to establish a Drinking Water Quality Management System.

Halton’s Drinking Water Quality Management System consists of quality assurance processes for monitoring, testing, auditing and treating drinking water.

This system is part of the Halton Region’s ongoing commitment to deliver clean and safe drinking water to residents and businesses. 

“Providing high-quality drinking water to Halton residents and businesses is an important priority for council,” Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr said in a recent press release. 

We are continuously upgrading and expanding our water management systems to meet the needs of our growing population so we can continue to provide reliable access to clean, safe drinking water for all to enjoy.”

The annual Management Review, internal audits and the external third party audit looks at and ensures the continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of drinking water delivery. 

The audit found that the Region’s Drinking Water Quality Management System follows the standard and strengths of Halton’s system.

Some of these strengths include management commitment, continual improvement culture, staff competency, management review process, internal audit process, and risk methodology. 

For more information on water quality and delivery in Halton, visit halton.ca.

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