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York Region drinking water continues to achieve top marks

New online reporting tool provides even more access to drinking water information

Newmarket –The results are in and York Region continues to achieve top marks for its commitment to delivering safe, high-quality drinking water as confirmed by Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report.

After a robust and rigorous collection and analysis, 99.96 per cent of the 2017 laboratory samples comply with provincial water quality standards.

“The 2017 Drinking Water Report demonstrates York Region’s commitment to maintaining a high standard of compliance and care in delivering drinking water,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “These top marks have been achieved through continued collaboration with our local cities and towns, ongoing research and diligent operational management.”

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, York Region reports annually on the quality and quantity of drinking water produced. It is one component of a multi-barrier approach which also includes source water protection, operator training, water treatment, extensive monitoring and testing, as well as emergency preparedness.

The Drinking Water Systems Report also summarizes how York Region’s drinking water systems performed in 2017. More than 15,000 laboratory drinking water tests were performed and 36 million online analyzer readings were recorded to confirm the quality of Regional tap water in 2017.

“The successful results of the drinking water report speak for themselves,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “The Region is committed to the financial sustainability of our water systems and carefully guarding our Regional assets to proactively protect people in our community.

”Further demonstrating a commitment to research and innovation, York Region was inducted into the Leading Utilities of the World network in 2017. Membership signifies a gold standard of utility innovation, performance and best practices from leading utilities around the world.

York Region has also developed an online tool, which allows anyone to view the performance of York Region water systems and drinking water quality details in an accessible and easy to understand format. Access to the new online reporting tool is available at

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:
Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 77272 or Cell: 905-251-6416

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