Residents in the River Valley Mobile Home Park community began learning in the afternoon on May 7th, 2018, that access to water was now under a boiled water advisory.
Saultonline was told, by one of the homeowners, that “water pressure became a problem sometime on Friday, May 4th, and never really recovered. We’ve had to shut the water off due to the tanks getting extremely low and we fear that the pump will burn out. The water isn’t flowing normally at this point in time.”
According to a resident who wishes to remain anonymous, “my understanding is that the (River Valley Park) owners cannot afford to do – basically anything – to fix the compromised water system.”
In December 2002, the Ontario government passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The legislation was prompted by Justice O’Connor’s Recommendation 67 – Part II – Report of the Walkerton Inquiry, which expressly called upon the provincial government to enact the SDWA.
Schedule 19 is part of the fulsome Act that regulates Ontario’s drinking water. If there is anyone out there that has not heard about Walkerton – they would do well to head to their nearest computer, and take the time to understand how things can go so very – very – wrong. Search ‘Walkerton’ – and head into a very tangled web indeed.
Safe drinking water is a big deal – it’s kind of important. And public health agencies, Algoma Public Health – specifically as it pertains to the Algoma District – are on the front lines.
If you want to drill down on the Safe Drinking Water Act, starting here https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/030170#BK38 is as good as anywhere.
Excerpt from SDWA
‘19-1. This Schedule applies to the following drinking water systems:
1. Small municipal residential systems.
2. Large municipal non-residential systems.
3. Small municipal non-residential systems.
4. Non-municipal year-round residential systems.
5. Non-municipal seasonal residential systems.
6. Large non-municipal non-residential systems.
7. Small non-municipal non-residential systems.
Warning notice to be posted:
Posting by others:
19-3. (1) If warning notices are not posted in accordance with section 19-2, the warning notices may be posted by,
(a) a provincial officer; or
(b) a public health inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, or a person acting under the supervision of a public health inspector.
(2) If warning notices are not posted in accordance with section 19-2 at a designated facility, the warning notices may also be posted by an officer or agent of the interested authority for the designated facility.