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Ontario Leading North America - Clean, Safe, Reliable Drinking Water

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Ontario Leading North America - Clean, Safe, Reliable Drinking Water

McGuinty Government Helps Businesses Develop Water Innovation, Creates Jobs

Ontario continues to be a North American leader in providing clean, safe and reliable drinking water to Ontarians.

The Minister's Annual Report on Drinking Water 2011 highlights the government's key achievements and successes in protecting drinking water. 

The province is making progress in cleaning up its Great Lakes. Lake Erie's Wheatley Harbour was removed as an Area of Concern and Lake Superior's Jackfish Bay was changed from an Area of Concern to an Area in Recovery.

The health of Lake Simcoe is improving. The goal of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan's phosphorus reduction strategy is to reduce phosphorus from 72 to 44 tonnes per year.

The new Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act is helping Ontario develop innovative water technologies which create jobs and provide clean safe drinking water to the world. 

99.88 per cent of water quality tests from municipal residential drinking water systems met Ontario's rigorous standards as highlighted in the Chief Drinking Water Inspector's Annual Report 2009 - 2010.

Ensuring Ontarians have access to clean, protected drinking water is part of the government's plan to make the province a North American leader in clean water.

Quick Facts

  • In 2011, Ontario provided $7 million for landowners to take action to protect their drinking water sources through the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program.
  • The Chief Drinking Water Inspector's Annual Report 2009-2010 shows 99.88 per cent of drinking water tests reported by municipal residential drinking water systems met Ontario's rigorous, health-based drinking water quality standards.

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“Ontario continues to take a leadership role in drinking water protection. We are committed to making sure that Ontario's drinking water is among the best protected in the world.”

John Wilkinson

Minister of the Environment

“We're protecting our sources of drinking water to ensure that families in Huron Bruce can continue to rely on our safe, clean drinking water supply and farmers can continue to provide us with the good things that grow in Ontario.”

Carol Mitchell

MPP for Huron Bruce

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