Tottenham’s drinking water contains excessive levels of Iron, Iron Bacteria, Chlorine and Trihalomethanes. (Chloroform and Bromodichloromethane, two types of Trihalomethanes, are Carcinogens). For 10 years, the Trihalomethane levels in Tottenham’s drinking water were above the maximum acceptable limit (according to The Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act of 2002 ). And currently, recording of running annual averages of trihalomethanes are not expressed correctly and give the illusion that the water is currently in compliance. Iron levels have always been between two and three times the maximum allowable limit. These limits and The Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act of 2002, were established as a direct result of the Walkerton tragedy.
Government Response to Excessive Levels of Trihalomethanes in Tottenham’s Municipal Drinking Water:
Despite levels of Trihalomethanes and iron in drinking water that exceed provincial standards, the Town of New Tecumseth, Simcoe-Muskoka Public Health or The Ministry of the Environment, Conservative and Parks never informed residents in any meaningful or comprehensible way.
In response to concerns raised by Tottenham Water and residents of Tottenham at the
April 2, 2019 public meeting regarding our municipal water, the Town of New Tecumseth decided to install an Aeration System to reduce Trihalomethane levels in Tottenham’s drinking water, despite having been advised by RV Anderson Consulting that it would not be effective in reducing brominated trihalomethanes. Tottenham's drinking water contains mostly brominated trihalomethanes.
The Town of New Tecumseth also claims that a pipeline from Beeton to Tottenham will be completed by 2022. At that time, Collingwood water, mixed with Alliston well water will be sent to Tottenham to be mixed with our well water, if it is connected.