1994 Report: showing evidence of VOC”s ( volatile organic chemicals) including TCE in Cambridge’s drinking water

By  | April 16, 2010 | 5 Comments | Filed under: Cambridge's Dirty Drinking Water
Re: Cambridge Drinking water.. Middleton St pumping station Canadian General Tower and Ciba Geigy
Below you will find 3 links.. they include.
A report by Brenda Thompson ( along with others)  who took it upon themselves 16 years ago…to try and warn us…” The Public” about the deadly chemicals present in our drinking water..
Only to be annihilated in the press and their lives made unbearable by the Powers that be..
Brenda no longer resides in Cambridge!!?
Personally I would like to Thank All of you…for the effort you made…
Today, we have this Advocate to play out such events..No more false rumours in the local press.. 
The second and third links..  Region of Waterloo reporting to the Ministry of Environment.. and an update from
1997 pertaining to the old Ciba Geigy site..Yes it’s still there… 
City Hall and the Region are all aware of this.. As are the Ministry of Environment and Public Health
15 Years later.. 2009 …and as this link clearly shows.. Nothing has changed.. VOC’s still present..This is the latest reading at the Middleton Street Well.
Some things never change.. But they have too.. We can’t change the past but we sure can control the future..
You the “Public” have to start asking questions and demanding answers..
Ask for test results in writing and the names of the Companies testing our water.
Starting with the person Phil Shewan from the Ministry of Environment suggests below.

From Phil Shewan..

As your questions pertain to the sampling and operation of the wells I contacted the Region of Waterloo and  requested

that they respond directly to your questions. Please note that all sampling records are available through the Region of Waterloo.
For further information please contact

Olga Vrentzos, Manager of Water Operations and Maintenance, at the Region of Waterloo 519-575-4757 x 3144.








More contact information.. I recommend contacting all of them.. Let them know you are not going to stand by another 16 years while more come down with a cancer or serious illness that could possibly be prevented. CLEAN THE WATER simple


Contact information for Gerry Martinuk

Contact the Mayor of Cambridge
Ken Seiling… Regional Chair..




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5 Responses to 1994 Report: showing evidence of VOC”s ( volatile organic chemicals) including TCE in Cambridge’s drinking water

  1. Debbie Vitez August 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

    This needs to be brought forward again. I plan on reposting all I have on our TCE and VOC’s
    I want this current council who fought so hard to get back in office to step up and do something about our contamination in Cambridge and not sweep it under the rug..

  2. bemcdowell@sympatico.ca'
    Bev McDowell August 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm


    According to the web site


    It states the Brita on tap water filter removes 99.8 % of TCE

  3. agmarshall@rogers.com'
    agm August 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks Bev: I was pretty confident but it’s nice to have it confirmed.

  4. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Thomas Vann August 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Whatever your drinking Deb, get me a double. lt will never happen with group of people unless you made a huge contribution. Did you not remember this last year where an honest person was near impossible to find?

  5. Debbie Vitez August 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I know Tommy, but one of these days one of them has to grow a conscience..
    ok, that was my joke of the day

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