May 14, 2007

Web site allows Alberta residents to check compliance status of drinking water facilities

EDMONTON, ALTA-A new Web site set up by the Alberta government allows the province's residents to check the compliance status of regulated drinking water facilities with provincial standards. The new site, www.environment.gov.ab.ca/water/dwq/regulated, features a listing of over 550 regulated drinking water facilities, including electronic reporting and inspection information. On-line reports provide the latest data on water quality indicators such as turbidity, microbiological quality and residual disinfectants. Results are posted by Alberta Environment when testing and analysis are complete. Bacteriological results will be updated on a monthly basis, while other information, such as inspection reports, will be updated as they are completed. Alberta Environment regulates municipal systems that serve about 2.75 million Albertans, more than 80% of the province's population. The department is working with the regulated drinking water facilities to report key chemical parameters electronically, such as turbidity and chlorine residual. Currently, 250 facilities are electronically reporting this information.

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