Wednesday, February 6, 2013
City Hall News
Aquifer Water Not Good Enough
Fraser Health lowers the boom on Chilliwack's un-chlorinated drinking water
Released by Zoya Stoochnoff/Voice photos
he Fraser Health Authority (FHA) has notified the City, that new conditions will be added to the City of Chilliwack's permit to operate a municipal drinking water system.
The new conditions will require that a secondary disinfectant be added to the water, which is currently supplied chemical-free to consumers.
Dr. Marcus Lem, FHA Medical Health Officer talks about a secondary disinfectant system Tuesday at City Hall.
public health and our resources are top priorities, but Council is
concerned about how adding a disinfectant such as chlorine, could
affect the quality of our award winning water," says Mayor Sharon
Gaetz. "We have asked that the FHA allow a review of all options
before ordering the addition of a secondary disinfectant in to our
drinking water system."
Mayor Sharon Gaetz shows she isn't afraid of Chilliwack water. Below, councillor Popove pours a glass of aquifer water.
The FHA says secondary disinfection is common practice in Canadian municipal drinking water systems the size of Chilliwack's.
FHA stated at
today's Council meeting that they will exercise their legislative
responsibility to protect public health and impose secondary
In the meantime, the City continues to be dedicated to monitoring, protecting, and conserving this award winning resource. Chilliwack consumers can be confident their drinking water remains clean, safe, and of a very high quality.
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