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QUÉBEC DEMANDS THE IMPROVEMENT OF 90 WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS

Québec City, August 18, 2000 – In order to ensure all Quebeckers of quality drinking water at all times, in recent weeks, the Ministère de l’Environnement (MENV) conducted a preventive re-assessment of Québec’s 2400 water supply systems. Indexed in the Québec-wide drinking water quality control system, these systems are municipal, private, institutional and company-owned. The operation identified 90 water supply systems that require corrective measures immediately.

Because the target systems have shown chronic or frequent failings in the past, the Ministère de l’Environnement asked operators to take permanent remedial action as soon as possible and sent them a formal notice to this effect. Moreover, until further notice, the MENV strongly recommends that they advise their target population to boil the water.

"Public health requirements dictate that all water supply systems supply Quebeckers with good quality water at all times", declared the Minister of the Environment, Minister of Revenue and Minister responsible for the Capitale nationale region, Paul Bégin. This concrete operation carried out by the Ministère de l’Environnement supplements a set of new regulatory measures on drinking water quality control announced by the Minister on June 19. "We do not want a Walkerton in Québec," reiterated the Minister, "and we are taking action to ensure that it does not occur".

The supply type (surface water or groundwater), treatment quality offered by the operator (filtration, chlorination, etc.) type of exceedence and specific regional problems are some of the evaluation criteria used to determine the water supply systems in question. Their owners must act swiftly to correct the situation. The MENV has given them 20 days to find a long-term solution.

Corrective measures could involve investments estimated at $25 to $40 million. In this regard, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Greater Montréal. Louise Harel, indicates that access to funding will be accelerated. "These systems require priority investments and the amounts needed will be available", she stated.

The number 90 corresponds to approximately 5% of all systems governed by the Drinking Water Regulation and to 0.6% of Quebeckers served by a water supply system. Given each system’s unique features, the Department’s regional officers will monitor these files.

The public can obtain further information from the Services des renseignements généraux of the Ministère de l’Environnement at 1-800-561-1616. This general information service can be accessed at all times.

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Appendix 1 – List of water supply systems identified by administrative region

Appendix 2 – Convocation to an information session

SOURCE :

Caroline Drouin
Minister of the Environment’s press attaché
Phone:  (418) 521-3911

Renée-Claude Boivin
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Greater Montréal’s press attaché
Phone:  (418) 691-2050

POUR INFORMATION :

Rolande Laveau
Direction des communications
Phone:  (418) 521-3823 poste 4964
Fax : (418) 646-4852
Jean Maurice Latulippe
Direction des politiques du secteur municipal
Phone: (418) 521-3885, ext. 4851

Appendix 1 - List of water supply systems identified by administrative region

ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM NAME AND NUMBER

MUNICIPALITY

BAS-SAINT-LAURENT (01)

AQUEDUC DESCHÈNE - 134257981701

RIVIÈRE-OUELLE

AQUEDUC DU VILLAGE (RIV. OUELLE) -134257981702

RIVIÈRE-OUELLE

AQUEDUC PARADIS-LACHANCE - 134257981703

RIVIÈRE-OUELLE

SAINT-MOÏSE - 134370741701

SAINT-MOÏSE

SAINT-SIMON - 134371991701

SAINT-SIMON

SAINT-ADÈLME - 134372980701

SAINT-ADÈLME

SAINT-VIANNEY - 134384940701

SAINT-VIANNEY

SAINT-GODARD-DE-LEJEUNE - 137857531701

LEJEUNE

LES MÉCHINS - 219517020701

LES MÉCHINS

ÉCOLE LA TRINITÉ (PRIM. & SEC.) - 512349041771

LA TRINITÉ-DES-MONTS

ÉCOLE SAINT-JUSTE - 516276281771

SAINT-JUSTE-DU-LAC

ÉCOLE LA COLOMBE - 516287901771

ESPRIT-SAINT

SAGUENAY- LAC-SAINT-JEAN (02)

HÉBERTVILLE - 117226180701

HÉBERTVILLE

SAINT-DAVID-DE-FALARDEAU - 134355810701

SAINT-DAVID-DE-FALARDEAU

CANTON TREMBLAY (CHICOUTIMI) - 134358470701

TREMBLAY

VILLE DE DESBIENS - 134373140701

DESBIENS

SAINT-PRIME - 134374470701

SAINT-PRIME

SAINT-EUGÈNE -134377690701

SAINT-EUGÈNE D’ARGENTEUIL

L'ANSE-SAINT-JEAN - 134382130701

L’ANSE-SAINT-JEAN

SAINT-HENRI -DE-TAILLON - 134380720701

SAINT-HENRI -DE-TAILLON

L’ANSE SAINT-JEAN - 134382130701

 

AQUEDUC DUFOUR ET SOCIÉTÉ - 159920761751

SAINT-PRIME

AQUEDUC DES SABLES - 165996721751

CHAMBORD

SYNDICAT AQUEDUC RANG 3-4 - 190396011751

SAINT-ANDRÉ-DU-LAC-SAINT-JEAN

ALBANEL (SECT. RG 6 ET 7 NORD) - 287195240702

ALBANEL

QUÉBEC (03)

SAINT-URBAIN - 134265981701

SAINT-URBAIN

LES ÉBOULEMENTS - 134269371701

LES ÉBOULEMENTS

SOCIÉTÉ D'AQUEDUC RIVIÈRE BLANCHE - 190720320751

SAINT-ALBAN

AQUE. RIV. LA MARRE (BAIE-SAINT-PAUL) - 220716581751

BAIE-SAINT-PAUL

AQ.DOM. CHAMPÊTRES (CHÂTEAU-RICHER) - 232507981751

CHÂTEAU-RICHER

AQUEDUC DU QUAI - 240319400751

SAINT-JOSEPH-DE-LA-RIVE

LA MALBAIE (SOURCES JOYEUSES) - 318460660703

LA MALBAIE

POINTE-AU-PIC - 318460660704

LA MALBAIE

SOURCES PAQUET - 318460660705

LA MALBAIE

AQUEDUC DOMAINE DE LA MONTAGNE - 904029671751

BAIE SAINT-PAUL

MAURICIE (04)

PARENT - 134348990701

PARENT

ESTRIE (05)

VILLAGE HATLEY - 123345611751

HALTEY

CORP. AQUEDUC STANHOPE - 134242541701

COATICOOK

SAINTE-EDWIDGE-DE-CLIFTON - 134322811701

SAINT-EDWIDGE-DE-CLIFTON

MARTINVILLE -134323151701

MARTINVILLE

LA PATRIE -134325621701

LA PATRIE

SAWYERVILLE -134327861701

SAWYERVILLE

BURY -134329841701

BURY

SCOTSTOWN -134333050701

SCOTSTOWN

FONTAINEBLEAU -134337501701

WEEDON

SAINT-ROMAIN -134339331701

SAINT-ROMAIN

AUDET -134360351701

AUDET

ECOLE NOTRE-DAME-DE-TOUTE-AIDE -512481101771

SAINT-MALO

MONTRÉAL (06)

SENNEVILLE (AQUEDUC PHILIPS) -134289660702

SENNEVILLE

ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE (08)

LATULIPE ET GABOURY -134344100701

LATULIPE ET GABOURY

CÔTE-NORD (09)

RIVIÈRE-PENTECÔTE -134362090701

RIVIÈRE-PENTECÔTE

AYLMER-SOUND -134367611704

CÔTE-NORD-DU-GOLF-SAINT-LAURENT

HARRINGTON-HARBOUR 134367611708

CÔTE-NORD-DU-GOLF-SAINT-LAURENT

VIEUX-FORT 282773410701

CÔTE-NORD-DU-GOLF-SAINT-LAURENT

RIVIÈRE-SAINT-PAUL 282773410702

CÔTE-NORD-DU-GOLF-SAINT-LAURENT

GASPÉSIE–îLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE (11)

MARSOUI -134293290701

MARSOUI

LA MARTRE (SECTEUR OUEST) 134294931701

LA MARTRE

LA MARTRE (PARTIE EST) 134294931702

LA MARTRE

SAINT-ALPHONSE 134302930701

SAINT-ALPHONSE

ASS.D'AQUEDUC DE MONT-SAINT-PIERRE 159265531751

MONT-SAINT-PIERRE

ENTRY ISLAND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 550605781771

GRANDE-ENTRÉE

SHIGAWAKE/PORT-DANIEL 550605861771

PORT-DANIEL

CHAUDIÈRE-APPALACHES (12)

AQUEDUC PHILIPPE LABRECQUE 012009771751

SAINT-MALACHIE

AQUEDUC BON-EAU -110046031751

NOTRE-DAME-DES-PINS

SAINT-FRANCOIS-DE-LA-RIVIÈRE-DU-SUD 118780480701

SAINT-FRANCOIS-DE-LA-RIVIÈRE-DU-SUD

SAINT-MAGLOIRE -134288671701

SAINT-MAGLOIRE

BERTHIER-SUR-MER(RÉSEAU DE L'ANCE) 134290890702

BERTHIER-SUR-MER

SAINT-PAUL-DE-MONTMINY -134292950701

SAINT-PAUL-DE-MONTMINY

SAINT-ÉTIENNE-DE-BEAUMONT - 134310771701

BEAUMONT

SAINT-ADRIEN-D'IRLANDE - 134316221701

SAINT-ADRIEN-D'IRLANDE

BEAULAC - 134319370701

BEAULAC-GARTHBY

SAINT-LUC - 134353751701

SAINT-LUC-DE-BELLECHASSE

SAINT-FRÉDÉRIC -134373711701

SAINT-FRÉDÉRIC

AQUEDUC POULIN - 159801571751

NOTRE-DAME-DES-PINS

AQUEDUC RANG SAINT-FRANCOIS -190402521751

LOTBINIÈRE

AQUEDUC CÔTE NORD - 193509411751

SAINT-CLOTHILDE-DE-BEAUCE

TECEAUSOL INC - 254054321751

SAINT-GEORGES EST

EAST-BROUGHTON NORD -318451830701

EAST-BROUGHTON NORD

SAINT-CÔME-LINIÈRE (DUMAS-POULIN) -318454311701

SAINT-CÔME-LINIÈRE

ÉCOLE SAINTE-CLOTILDE - 516204251771

SAINTE-CLOTHILDE-DE BEAUCE

LANAUDIÈRE (14)

SAINT-MICHEL-DES-SAINTS - 178201431701

SAINT-MICHEL-DES-SAINTS

LAURENTIDES (15)

SAINT-HYPPOLITE (DOMAINE CABANAC) 115205171751

SAINT-HYPPOLITE

L'ASCENSION - 134337191701

L'ASCENSION

AMHERST - 134354901701

AMHERST

KIAMIKA -134363731701

KIAMIKA

MONTÉRÉGIE (16)

PORT DE VALLEYFIELD - 113075841701

SALABERRY-DE-VALLEFIELD

AQUEDUC LAUZON (LES CÈDRES) - 237474621701

LES CÈDRES

CAMPING DU VIEUX FOYER - 457976021761

SAINT-PIE-VILLAGE

CAMPING GRAND AIR (SAINT-PIE (P)) - 464251461761

SAINT-PIE PAROISSE

CENTRE-DU-QUÉBEC (17)

COOP. DU CORDEAU, SAINTE-MONIQUE - 130743721751

SAINTE-MONIQUE

NOTRE-DAME-DE-HAM -134309881701

NOTRE-DAME-DE-HAM

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