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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kincardine Water System Warning

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Kincardine councillors are now legally responsible for the city's water systems.

Kincardine councillors can't say there weren't warned.

They were told this week that they, along with councillors across the province, will become legally responsible for their decisions regarding the operation and maintenance of their water systems.

The municipality's compliance officer Donna Hardman says as of 2013, under the Safe Water Act, the province will have the opportunity to take legal action against councillors of a municipality in regards to its operation and maintenance of their water systems, under what is called the Standard of Care.

Hardman says councillors need to be aware of what their responsibilities are long before the directive becomes law.

Kincardine Mayor Larry Kraemer says the change obviously comes from the aftermath of the Walkerton water tragedy where several people died after ingesting tainted municipal water.

Kraemer says councils need to follow the letter of the law.

Meanwhile, it appears that's exactly what's happening within the municipality's water system.

A report to council shows the compliance rate to the province over the last five years shows 98 to 100 per cent in all water systems in the municipality.


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