Region of Waterloo Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

By  | February 27, 2011 | 5 Comments | Filed under: Cambridge's Dirty Drinking Water

The Region of Waterloo’s annual report on its drinking water quality for the period of January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010 is now available at

This report summarizes the results of bacteriological, physical and chemical tests which were conducted during this time.



5 Responses to Region of Waterloo Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

    agm February 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Hi Bev: I couldn’t find part of these reports known as the Adverse Incident Report so I phoned Peter Clarke at the Region. He is the formal contact person there in regards to these reports. Anyways he advised me that the Summary Report (including adverse incidents I think) has to get approval in March from Regional Council before it is made public. REALLY!!!! I find these reports over the years to be very suspect as it is, but this really has me wondering what’s up.

    Thomas Vann February 28, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Good morning agm. Why would you be suspect? There is no way they would hide anything harmful from us. The people of Elmira, Cambridge, and that place Erin Brockovich lived has to learn to sit down, pay your taxes, and be silent. Everything is fine and under control. People are wasting our tax dollars complaining as one of our councillors recently said. So agm l suggest you just close your eyes, click your heals and it will all go away. agm, l am over 3/4 finished writing my book and the final chapter is in the works. l have spoken to a publisher and the big bucks won’t be pouring in my friend but that is not my reason for all the effort. lt is non-fiction and you sir get the 1st copy because you and Deb are in it. l’m hoping for before Christmas as a release date. l respect what you have done and admire how you have tossed earthly values to the wind for the right thing to do. l may have to go to Russia to get it in print but hey, my wifes behind me and that’s all that counts. lt is written: “My fathers riches are not of this world”. l live by that agm, and the wind is getting full.

    Bev McDowell February 28, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Did anyone take notice of the salt content? You sure do not need to add salt to the water to boil your vegetables. Anyone that is on a low salt diet should be concerned, in my opinion.

    These reports also do not give any results for lead testing. Wasn’t it just a few years ago that a day care was given bottled water due to too much lead in their water?

    agm February 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Thomas thank you, I am honoured. Bev the province has an ongoing lead testing program being run through the municipalities. I believe older neighbourhoods are being targeted as they are more likely to have old lead pipng either from the main water line to the house or in the house . Here in Elmira we have received notices in our mailboxes (last spring?) that an inspector might be knocking on our doors asking permission to test for lead.

    agm February 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Bev again: Salt (NaCl) or sodium chloride. I’m just getting into some of the Cambridge Annual Water Quality Reports . Hespeler has 3 wells and something is definitely out of whack. Sodium (Na) is off the charts! 20 mg/l seems to be the point of concern and while all 3 wells are well above it one of them is 10 times higher. Secondly 2 of these three wells were shut down again for more than 2/3 of 2010. No wonder we have lawn watering bans and water shortages.

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