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Annual Report on Drinking Water Quality Issued


March 1, 2008 - The City of Thunder Bay is pleased to announce the release of the 2007 Drinking Water Quality Annual Report to consumers. This report contains information about the City of Thunder Bay water treatment and distribution system, covering the period from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2007. The purpose of the report is to summarize the results of the water quality monitoring program and to inform customers about drinking water and the operation of our water treatment plant facilities.

Under the provisions of Ontario Regulation 170/03 all municipalities must ensure that a report is prepared and submitted to the Ministry of the Environment for each calendar year. The regulations set out mandatory treatment requirements for facilities using surface water as a source. Water samples are taken and evaluated for all parameters that can impact water quality as outlined in the regulations. In Thunder Bay, more than 2,400 water samples are tested annually by an independent laboratory for potential contaminants.

Water quality is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by trained, certified operators as well as on-line instrumentation, said Kerri Marshall, Manager, Environment Division.  2007 was a very eventful and exciting year as we celebrated the grand opening of the expanded Bare Point Plant.  The project was expansive and included all of the changes required to the water distribution system, the pumping stations and reservoirs to meet the drinking water requirements of Thunder Bay now and into the future.

The Drinking Water Quality Annual Report 2007 is available online on the City of Thunder Bay¿s web site at www.thunderbay.ca/water. Print copies can be obtained at the City Clerk's Office in City Hall, all branches of Thunder Bay Public Libraries, Bare Point Water Treatment Plant or the Front Street Service Yard, 155 Front Street.

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Contact: Kerri Marshall, Manager - Environment Division,  625-2836