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July 5-12, 2004
Deadline extended for installing treatment equipment on small drinking water systems
TORONTO, ONT-Ontario Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky recently announced a six-month extension of the deadline for installing treatment equipment on small drinking water systems. Owners of drinking water systems serving rural community halls, along with tourist operators and mobile trailer parks will have until December 31, 2004 to meet the regulatory requirement. The previous deadline was July 1, 2004. "I've heard from rural municipalities, public health units and hundreds of small privately-run systems across the province that many are having difficulties meeting the stringent requirements of the drinking water regulation," Dombrowsky said. "Our plan, in extending the treatment deadline by six months, is to meet with associations representing these stakeholders over the next couple of months to find solutions that will work for rural drinking water systems." Amendments to the drinking water regulation - announced in May and passed into law on June 18, 2004 - include extending the deadline for installing treatment equipment from July 1, 2004 to December 31, 2004 for systems on surface water only. This extension applies to large community centres, town halls, motels, resorts, campgrounds and other tourist operators, mobile home parks, and rural subdivisions and apartments/condominiums. In addition, small municipally-run community centres and town halls are allowed to post warning notices for six months rather than testing.