05/12/2004

AMO and rural municipalities welcome time to review drinking water systems regulation.
Ontario Regulation 170/03 was bringing some very serious cost impacts on water treatment requirements for small systems throughout Ontario, such as campgrounds and community centres. The cost of treatment was threatening the ability of businesses to stay in business and the cost of water for some households to be manageable. Municipal governments had already experienced the significant added costs related to the part of the regulation for municipally owned piped systems and designated facilities, such as health and social care facilities, for which they are responsible. 

“Regulation 170/03 while well intended did not consider the economic impacts that the treatment requirements would have on rural businesses and private year-round residential systems,” said Ann Mulvale, President of AMO.  “The government has listened and we want to work toward a solution that protects public health and is practical and feasible.”

“We believe that we can find treatment solutions that will work for these types of water systems and we welcome the six month review period,” said Allen Taylor, Chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association.     
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario’s population.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.


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