The Regional Municipality of York drinking water receives top marks in annual report

Region scores 100 per cent and ranks first in the GTA

The Regional Municipality of York achieved a perfect score of 100 per cent inspection rating for 2012 as outlined in the 2013 Annual Drinking Water System Summary Report. York Region’s drinking water also achieved 100 per cent for samples meeting provincial water quality standards. The Annual Drinking Water System Summary Report is an overview of the Region’s commitment to providing high quality drinking water to our communities through programs designed to meet Ontario’s regulatory requirements for drinking water. More than 37,300 water tests were performed last year across all nine

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local municipalities to ensure compliance with Ontario’s strict drinking water standards.

“Water is an important and vital resource for creating and maintaining sustainable communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. ”York Region is committed to providing safe and clean drinking water for all residents.”

As required under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, the Annual Drinking Water System Summary Report details water quality and quantity data, describing drinking water system investments and expenses. York Region results are reflected in the Ontario Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report, providing a comprehensive overview of Ontario’s drinking water quality and Ministry of the Environment inspection results of drinking water systems from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.

“York Region consistently meets or surpasses the requirements of the Ministry of the Environment,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of Environmental Services. “In 2012, York Region achieved 100 per cent on Ministry of the Environment inspections and on samples meeting provincial water quality standards.”

York Region provides clean, safe drinking water to residents and businesses by:

  • · Completing tens of thousands of tests annually
  • · Complying with legislation and Drinking Water Quality Management Standards
  • · Ensuring infrastructure is planned and built to meet the needs of our growing communities
  • · Implementing innovative, progressive programs to ensure the Region remains an industry leader
  • · Ensuring all water operators receive comprehensive, ongoing training

A copy of the Annual Drinking Water System Summary Report is available online at under ‘Environment.’