Friday, 11 December 2009

Hurray for Clean Drinking Water !

City of Winnipeg image (source)
While Winnipeg has been working on improving our already safe, clean water supply, the New York Times has been taking a look at what some U.S. centres are getting from their taps.
Doggie water fountain
In Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show, the Times' latest monthly instalment in their series Toxic Waters: "More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years", serving up parasites, dangerous bacteria, uranium and arsenic. The FDA is expected to soon bring in new, tougher federal standards governing drinking water quality.

Already new regulations have been brought in for school drinking water after an Associated Press study earlier this year found that an increasing number of schools were testing positive for contaminants such as coliform bacteria, lead, copper, arsenic and nitrates.

I won't even get into the fact that 1.1b people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.
City of Winnipeg Water District Railway Station
Thanks to the foresight of Winnipeggers from a century ago, unsafe water is something we've never had to worry about in this town for the past century and, thanks to the new plant, won't have to for a long while yet.

Profile of New Water Plant - City of Winnipeg
Drinking Water FAQ - City of Winnipeg
Building of the Winnipeg Aqueduct - MB Historical Society
Map of the Winnipeg Aqueduct - Manitoba Maps on Flickr


John Dobbin said...

I agree that the opening of the plant represents another incredible achievement for Winnipeg's water supply.

It is unfortunate that the amount of money for water and sewer continue to rise at such rates.

The city and province should have been more forward thinking in their approach to infrastructure needs.

Still, it will be good to have fresh water out of the taps. Hope we can do as well with the water being treated once down the drain.

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mrchristian said...

Yeah, we certainly could have planned the next stage a lot better - we had 100 years to do it ! I remember budgets in the 80's and 90's at city hall where the reserves from water and waste were sucked dry to balance the budget.