Monday, March 22, 2010

World Water Day: Calgary's 2009 Water Quality Report Released

As the international community recognizes World Water Day, The City of Calgary has released the 2009 Annual Water Quality Report – which looks at The City’s commitment to delivering water that meets and exceeds provincial and federal health-related guidelines.

“Calgarians are fortunate to have access to a high quality source of drinking water,” said Klas Ohman, The City’s manager of water quality. “It’s important to maintain this water quality by managing and protecting this precious resource every step of the way.”

In 2009, The City conducted approximately 112,000 tests for more than 150 accredited water quality parameters, including studying microbiological organisms, water hardness and pesticides.

In addition to a summary of Calgary’s key water quality parameters, the 2009 report provides information about where our water comes from, how it is treated and who’s working behind the scenes to deliver this water to the more than a million customers every day.

This year’s report also highlights how The City of Calgary is leading the way in water management and the important role Calgarians play in protecting this precious resource.

“When it comes to managing and protecting our water, it’s important that everyone plays a role - together we can conserve and safeguard our finite water resources,” said Ohman.

The City is proud to produce the Water Quality Report for the seventh consecutive year – as part of The City’s commitment to its customers and environmental responsibility. While water utilities in the United States are required by the Environmental Protection Agency to publish an annual water quality report for their customers, this is not a requirement in Canada.

Look for the 2009 Water Quality report to arrive with your April Enmax bill, download it at calgary.ca/waterservices or call 3-1-1.

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