Rural Council applauds city efforts

Ottawa City Council attempts to coax Province to avert Water Regs #170/03 crisis

 
 

 

OTTAWA CITY COUNCIL
8 September 2004

ANDREW S. HAYDON HALL
1:30 p.m.

Motion:

Moved by Councillor G. Brooks
Seconded by Councillor R. Jellett

The Ontario government has enacted a new drinking water regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002. Effective June 1, 2003, the Drinking water Systems Regulation (O. Reg. 170/03) replaced the Drinking Water Protection Regulation (O. Reg. 459/00 and 505/01).

Implementation of Regulation 170 was deferred to December 31st, 2004.

Thus,

WHEREAS the intent of provincial Reg. 170 is to provide clean safe drinking water to all Ontario residents;

AND WHEREAS the costs associated with implementing Reg. 170 will create an additional financial burden to all Ontario municipalities;

AND WHEREAS the rural businesses and community facilities on private services are required to comply with the regulation at considerable costs – engineering design, equipment installation and testing as prescribed in regulation;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Ottawa requests the Province to extend the implementation date. Further, that the Provincial Minister’s representative(s) work with the City so as to develop a less onerous, but effective regulation. And that this be done in concert with our Medical Officer of Health.

 

 
 

Causing affected rural businesses and social institutions to close their doors ---would be a crushing loss to the rural cultural landscape, and pose a significant loss of rural tax base to the city of Ottawa.

It will be of great public benefit if City Council is able to convince the Province to extend the December 31, 2004 implementation date, until such time that the Water Regs #170/03 have been sufficiently adjusted to still protect the public ---but do it without employing the current "over-kill" rules that would impose such unwarranted and ruinous hardships on all concerned.

The Rural Council applauds the city's efforts in this instance.



 

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