2019 TOTTENHAM CLEAN WATER CAMPAIGN

Wellington Water Watchers has been accepted as a project by the Small Change Fund. (See here for more details). If you make a donation of $250 or more to the Small Change Fund on behalf of the Wellington Water Watchers you support our work to protect water AND you will receive a charitable tax receipt.

Your donation will help with the following:  

Expert Toxicology Opinion on health risks of THMs in Tottenham drinking water: Tottenham’s drinking water has had high levels of THMs (trihalomethanes) for eleven of the past fifteen years. (THMs are a disinfection by-product formed when chlorine is used to disinfect drinking water containing natural organic matter. Some studies present viable hypotheses for health effects such as cancer and increased reproductive risk concerns.)

Residents of Tottenham, part of the Town of New Tecumseth, have been forced to advocate for the last four years to have the Town Council to take this problem seriously. The Town Council has failed to come up with a plan to ensure clean safe drinking water for Tottenham residents.

Wellington Water Watchers is working with residents group Tottenham Water and environmental lawyer David Donnelly to make the Town of New Tecumseth address the root causes of the THM contamination.

An important step in preparing the legal strategy to hold the Town Council accountable is to have an independent opinion from a toxicologist on the potential health risks of residents’ exposure to THMs.

We have retained this expert and the fee for an initial assessment is $5,000.

Your donation now of $250 or more will help us pay for this expert opinion and earn you a charitable tax receipt. 

For all donations, please note in some manner that funds are for

“Tottenham Water”.

If you prefer to write a cheque for more than $250 to make your donation then make the cheque payable to Small Change Fund and mail to Wellington Water Watchers, 42 Carden St. Guelph, N1H 3A2.

You can make a donation now of less than $250 here. 

Support the Clean Water Now campaign in Tottenham.

 

Mike Balkwill

Campaign Director

 

Tottenham-Water · Canada 

Tottenham’s drinking water contains high levels of Iron, Iron Bacteria, Chlorine and Trihalomethanes. (Chloroform and Bromodichloromethane, two types of Trihalomethanes, are Carcinogens). For 11 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 ). 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.

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.

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