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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System

Posted On: Friday, August 12, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System
Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System - August 12, 2022 - 11a.m. - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System

August 12, 2022 - 11:00am 

 

WATER TREATMENT PLANT MEMO:

The Town and the Ontario Clean Water Agency have been managing the presence of manganese in the Raw and Treated water which originates from the Bonnechere River water source.  Although manganese does not create a health concern it does create challenges with colour in the treated water and distribution system.

The colour related aesthetic objective for manganese in drinking water is 0.05 mg/L and the Town of Renfrew is experiencing levels at 0.094 mg/L.  Manganese is occasionally present in the Bonnechere River during summer months when temperatures are high and precipitation is minimal.

Water Plant staff are monitoring levels and exploring treatment options in conjunction with engineering firms to mitigate the issues moving forward.

Any flushing activity performed by Town staff may disturb sediments in the water mains and may cause some reddish brown water in some areas served by cast iron watermains.  If coloured water is observed at the tap, please run your cold water until the colour clears.

The water is rigorously tested for all health related parameters and meets all regulatory requirements imposed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. 

We understand the colour can be an inconvenience to residents; however, please know we are making best efforts at the water treatment plant to minimize the impact the manganese has on the water distribution system.

 

For further information, please contact:

Department of Development and Works

613-432-8166



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