Don’t Be Fooled about the Quality of Ottawa’s Drinking Water, Steve Desroches
Earlier this summer, I had a most unwelcome visitor to my home. A young man selling water filters wanted to test my tap water to show me that there were “harmful” chemicals and elements in our drinking water.
Luckily I was prepared for his dubious sales pitch. During my time as your City Councillor I learned that Ottawa has some of the safest drinking water in the world and that qualitied city officials were constantly monitoring our drinking water supply to ensure its quality and reliability. Each day, the City of Ottawa’s central water supply provides drinking water to approximately 850,000 customers. Using the Ottawa River as a source, drinking water is treated at two modern and state-of-the-art purification plants. About 100,000 water quality tests are performed on drinking water samples annually, covering 350 parameters. The results demonstrate that our drinking water meets all federal guidelines and provincial standards.
Needless to say, I sent the young salesman on his way with a stern scolding. But sadly, many Ottawa residents have been fooled by unscrupulous sales tactics such as claims they are associated with the City of Ottawa and need to enter your home to test your tap water.
If a salesman comes to your door remember:
· No one coming door-to-door is authorized to make health-based tests on your water
· City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services
· Except for emergency situations, home access by city employees is scheduled in advance
· City employees carry City identification at all times – you have the right to ask for ID
· City employees always travel in City of Ottawa logo-identified marked vehicles
· Door-to-door water tests do not tell you about water safety
· Chemical trickery may turn your water brown or any other color, just because of natural mineral content
You work hard for your money, don’t be fooled by questionable sales tactics. Just close the door!
Steve Desroches is a former City Councillor and Deputy Mayor – Twitter @SteveDesroches