RMOW annual Drinking Water Reports (2010) & older

By  | March 16, 2011 | 6 Comments | Filed under: Cambridge's Dirty Drinking Water

From the Elmira Advocate ………. comments invited below

If the purpose of these reports is to reassure the uninformed public that all is well with our drinking water than they have suceeded.

 If on the other hand the purpose is to give an accurate, truthful presentation which encompasses a much bigger picture of our drinking water, than they have failed miserably.

 The following chemicals which are part of the Ontario Drinking Water Standards (ODWS) are NOT included in the Region’s reports:




 Dioxin & Furans,

Lead, Microcystin LR, NTA, NDMA,

Radiological Standards.

 Furthermore the following common and ubiquitous chemicals, incomprehensibly are Not in either the ODWS nor the Region’s Annual Report: Toluene, Xylenes. Ethyl Benzene and Chloroform.

As far as I am concerned any of these not being included render the whole process moot.

 It’s similar to the Libyan government ordering the Libyan rebels to take their flu shots immediately prior to the government then bombing them.

The whole “science” of Risk Assessments, behind the ODWS, is highly suspect to start with, but by ignoring huge health risks from very commonly present industrial contaminants, our authorities have turned this exercise from one of public information into one of public relations.


Following is a list of wells which have disappeared ie. Missing In Action from the Region’s Annual Water Quality Reports between 2002 and 2010.

CAMBRIDGE: Middleton G22, Pinebush G28, Rahman’s P14, Shades Mill G29, Turnbull G20, G27
My strong suspicion is that these either shut down or pumping to waste wells reflect groundwater contamination in each city.
 Detailed reports should be made available to the public each time a well is either out of service permanently or for more than a week or two.
There is way too much flexibility in the Provincial Safe Drinking Water Act to allow municipal governments (eg. Region of Waterloo) to hide serious groundwater contamination issues from the public.
An informed public might actually demand improved cleanup of contaminated sites if they knew the true cost to our drinking water supplies.
I’ll just bet that when the Lake Erie Pipeline is back on the table, then our municipal governments will be only too keen to tell us that they’ve just discovered the perilous state our groundwater is in.

KITCHENER: Mannheim K20, Parkway K30, Strange St. K9, Greenbrook K7,

WATERLOO: Erb St. Reservoir W22, William St. pumping station W12

Possibly the increased numbers of missing wells in Cambridge reflect the greater numbers of wells than Waterloo has but the same can’t be said for Kitchener.

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6 Responses to RMOW annual Drinking Water Reports (2010) & older

  1. agmarshall@rogers.com'
    agm March 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    P.S. I didn’t forget to mention Well P7 missing in action. It’s located in the Dumpfries (sp?) Conservation Area but disappeared from the radar prior to 2002. My opinion is that Northstar and Rozell on Bishop St. did that well no good at all.

  2. bemcdowell@sympatico.ca'
    Bev McDowell March 17, 2011 at 8:56 am


    Have you asked anyone at the Region why these chemicals are not included in our water reports? If so, what was there answer?

  3. agmarshall@rogers.com'
    agm March 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Bev: I’m slowly putting together one big report which I will submit with all kinds of questions to peter Clarke of the region. Hopefully have it in by next week.

  4. leskadar@rogers.com'
    les kadar March 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    agm, aside from industrail contaminants, do you cover all the various drugs that may being dumped into the water from the hospitals ?

  5. agmarshall@rogers.com'
    agm March 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Good question Les. The brief answer is no. In regards to hospital dumping presumably by sanitary sewer discharge it is my understanding that everyday households contribute massive amounts of antibiotics, medicines , vitamins etc. and that this is a larger concern than hospitals directly. Not trying to be gross but anything we put into ourselves such as oral medications ends up at our sewage treatment plants and then into our rivers. These sewage treatment plants are designed to treat sewage not pharmaceuticals. In Kitchener we then pull water from the Grand River and treat it and mix it in with our groundwater wells. You are absolutely correct that the testing of our drinking water should be dramatically expanded both to incorporate more industrial compounds as well as pharmaceuticals.

  6. leskadar@rogers.com'
    les kadar March 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Yes AGM, the pharma drugs are of major unaddressed concern and I almost have to say even bigger than localized industrial pollution because it affects everyone without discretion.

    When my wife was battling cancer, one of the chemo drugs she was given were so strong we were told that if it leaked out of the syringe and hit the floor, it would burn a hole into the tile.
    This and all other drugs injested by patients are daily flushed down the toilets when they go to the bathroom.
    Where does it go ?
    Hamilton a few years ago was cited as having the highest levels of pharma pollution anywhere and quite possibly due to the huge numbers of hospitals per capita.
    Add to that as you state, the standard everday drugs we take and flush out.
    It is huge and I dare say deadly. We injest tons of drugs via drinking water we have no idea or intent on taking and as you say, because the treatment plants are not only NOT designed to remove them, but they cannot from what I know.
    I don’t even like thinking about this topic as there is no solution at hand and the government would just like it to go away as they have no means of fixing it.
    It is however important for us to at least know what the levels are and what the drugs are that have been found.
    The aging poplulation is certainly not helping here as we all take more and more drugs of one sort or another.

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