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McGuinty Government Hires 33 New Water Inspectors And Compliance Staff

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McGuinty Government Hires 33 New Water Inspectors And Compliance Staff

Six New Water Inspectors In Southwestern Ontario Will Mean More Inspections, Cleaner Drinking Water

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CHATHAM -- The 33 new water inspectors and compliance staff hired by the McGuinty government, including six in southwestern Ontario, will help keep people healthy by ensuring more inspections and tougher enforcement of drinking water regulations, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"When people go to the kitchen for a glass of water for themselves or their children, they need to know it's safe," said Premier McGuinty. "We're investing in new water inspectors because Ontarians must be able to trust the water that comes out of their taps."

New water inspectors and compliance staff will help meet Commissioner O'Connor's recommendations in the Report on the Walkerton Inquiry. These new staff include:

  • Twenty drinking water inspectors -- raising the total number of inspectors in Ontario from 81 to 101, an increase of 25 per cent. They will inspect municipal drinking water systems and laboratories that test drinking water.
  • Six investigators to explore incidents referred by inspectors and lay charges if necessary.
  • Four staff for the Spills Action Centre to improve the Ministry of the Environment's response to issues of drinking water compliance.
  • One scientist, one supervisor and one program support worker.

"More inspections means safer drinking water for all Ontarians," said Premier McGuinty. "More staff means quicker investigation of spills and better protection of our precious water resources. That's why we're hiring new water inspectors, instead of firing them like previous governments."

Premier McGuinty said his government's investment in new water inspectors is helping to deliver the results Ontarians expect.

"Together, we have an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of Ontarians today and in the future," said Premier McGuinty. "We're protecting our water supply so our children can count on water that is clean and healthy, and that supports a quality of life that is second to none."

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