Media Coverage & Articles and Information related to Tottenham

Please take the time to inform yourselves about our water issue.  It is important that you are aware of the information and research that is available to all of us.

These are the issues:

  • Tottenham water has tested above maximum levels for IRON & TRIHALOMETHANES for most of the last 20 years.

  • Tottenham uses well water that has high levels of organic matter and iron.  In order to erase the possibility of harmful organisms entering our drinking water, the water is treated with high levels of chlorine. When the chlorine reacts with the organic matter, it creates a byproduct called TRIHALOMETHANES.

  • TRIHALOMETHANES are carcinogens that are known to cause cancer, stillbirths and/or miscarriges.

  • High IRON levels cause discoloured laundry, stained water fixtures and frequent and costly water filter changes.

  • It has been 19 years since Tottenham was told it would be receiving its water by pipeline from the Collingwood Water Treatment Facility.  Alliston and Beeton have had the pipeline for years.

  • Tottenham pays the same water rates as Alliston and Beeton.  But Tottenham receives water that is often brown and contains above maximum acceptable levels of TRIHALOMETHANES. Alliston and Beeton receive water that is safe, clean and clear.  They do not need to purchase personal water filtration systems and continue to replace the filters before they are due in order to have clear and safe water for individual residences.

  • Even if New Tecumseth Council votes to improve our water situation, we are still years away from any resolution.

The following is a link to the Final Report dated June 30, 2016

What New Tecumseth Town Council and Every Town Council Should have done when THMs exceeded the National Standard!

Adverse Drinking Water Incident, Boil Water Advisory and Drinking Water Advisory - How are they different?

An adverse water quality incident (AWQI) indicates that a drinking water standard has been exceeded or a problem has arisen within a drinking water system. AWQIs are an important component of the drinking water safety net. The report of an AWQI does not in itself indicate that drinking water is unsafe or that the statutory standard of care has not been met, but rather that an incident has occurred and corrective actions must be taken to protect the public. In some cases, these corrective actions may include a boil water advisory (BWA) or a drinking water advisory (DWA).

The local Medical Officer of Health in each of Ontario’s 36 public health units is responsible for issuing BWAs and DWAs when necessary.

A BWA is issued when a condition exists with a drinking water supply that may result in a health risk and the condition can be corrected by boiling the water or by disinfection. An example is the presence of bacteria in the water supply such as E. coli.

A DWA is issued when a condition exists with a drinking water supply that cannot be corrected by boiling the water or by disinfection. An example is the presence of chemical  contaminants.

In both cases, the local Medical Officer of Health will direct the system owner to inform users of the advisory, through means such as door-to-door notification, public posting of notices and local media outlets, to boil water and/or use an alternate water supply until further notice. An advisory will be lifted only after the local Medical Officer of Health is satisfied that corrective actions were taken and the situation is remedied.

Tottenham Residents Concerned Drinking Water is Unsafe

The television coverage from both the July 4th, 2016 @11pm and July 5th, 2016 @6pm news is on this link at the top of the page.

How Our Water Issue Should Have Been Dealth With

Buena Vista, Michigan residents notified of contamination in drinking water.

Plan Offers Ways to Improve Tottenham's Drinking Water

July 5, 2016 article from The Herald /

Tottenham water dominates public budget meeting discussion

This article is about residents of Tottenham who disagreed with Town Council plan to raise water rates throughout New Tecumseth

Making Groundwater Potable: A Chemist's Dream, Pipeline Solution

A 2011, Tottenham specific article about the water issue.

QMS Operational Plan

Quality Management System Operational Plan

Town of New Tecumseth Water Supply System 

How to Flush Hot Water Tanks

Town of New Tecumseth Department of Public Works Information Sheet

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January 01, 2020

U.S. site for trihalomethane articles

January 15, 2006

Chlorination Disinfection By-products in Drinking Water and the Risk of Adult Leukemia in Canada

June 01, 2018

Water Related Occular Diseases

The relation between disinfection by products and water related ocular diseases

January 01, 2020

Trihalomethanes in Drinking Water and Breast Cancer in North Carolina

Female Breast Cancer and Trihalomethane Levels in Drinking Water in North Carolina

October 01, 2018

Trihalomethanes in Drinking Water

Trihalomethanes in Drinking Water:





April 02, 2018

Breast Cancer & Trihalomethanes

Toxicological Profile for Bromodichloromethane

Draft for Public Comment

April 2018

January 01, 2017

Trihalomethanes In Drinking Water

Background document for development of WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality 

July 01, 2005

Tap Water and Trihalomethanes: Flow of Concerns Continues

July 2005 article from the National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health

July 03, 2006

Trihalomethanes: Health Information Summary

An Environmental Fact Sheet put out by The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

December 10, 2017

Reducing or Eliminating Trihalomethanes (THMs) in Drinking Water

Question and Answer Sheet from Nova Scotia

Trihalomethanes / Adverse Effects

This link takes you to an abundance of research done on the adverse effects of Trihalomethanes.

July 01, 2014

Trihalomethanes and Type II Diabetes Mellitus

Highlights from an article in Science of Total Environment from July 2014

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Flint Water Crisis

More Water Information

Legionnaires’ outbreaks in Flint linked to corrosive tap water

Corrosion in drinking water pipes allows deadly bacteria to flourish

Legionella and Drinking Water

Susceptibility of Legionella pneumophila to chlorine in tap water.

Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality

This article specifically relates to Trihalomethanes.  It was published in May 2006 and an addendum was added in April 2009.

Iron in Drinking Water

Background document for development of WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality 

Iron Bacteria ~ What You Need to Know

Question and Answer Sheet

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December 01, 2016

Flint Water Crisis: What Happened and Why?


January 02, 2016

What You Need to Know About the Flint Water Crisis

January 13, 2016 article in EcoWatch.

February 22, 2016

Ten Things They Won't Tell You About the Flint Water Crisis: But I Will

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July 07, 2016

Flint, Michigan: Water Crisis Timeline

A July 7, 2016 article from Infographic Plaza

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