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County Council Reviews Drinking Water Report

Warden Marcus Ryan says 99 percent of the drinking water systems inspections were completed and done properly when the report was brought to council.

OXFORD COUNTY - Oxford County's drinking water was one of the topics discussed at the latest County Council meeting.

Warden Marcus Ryan says Council looked over the Annual Drinking Water System Performance Summary for 2023 on Wednesday.

"I know a lot of residents wonder if anyone is looking at this stuff and making sure the water is safe, and this is the annual report that basically says yes. It highlights how all of the drinking water systems are being inspected and how the work is going."

Oxford County has 17 municipal drinking water systems, but Warden Ryan says only eight of them had been inspected by the Ministry of the Environment when the staff report was put together and presented to Council.

"The overall rating for all of the systems is about 99 percent. I want to clarify for residents that it's not 99 percent of your water is safe, that's 99 percent of the inspections are completed and done properly. The water is 100 percent safe."

The water systems in Brownsville, Embro, Hickson, Mount Elgin, Thamesford, and Oxford South received ratings of 100 percent. The Lakeside water system had a 97 percent rating, while Beachville had the lowest rating with 96 percent.

You can read the full report online here.

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