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Municipalities cited for failure to comply with water guidelines

Inverness County is one of several municipalities under the watchfuleye of the provincial Department of the Environment following warningnotices on planned upgrades to its water infrastructure systems.

Inverness County is one of several municipalities under the watchful eye of the provincial Department of the Environment following warning notices on planned upgrades to its water infrastructure systems.

The government had set April 1, 2008 as the deadline for all 55 municipalities to meet provincial guidelines for safer drinking water.

The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act update last week said only 60 per cent of municipalities are meeting provincial guidelines for drinking water.

The communities of Judique, Inverness Co., along with the towns of Greenwood, Digby and Pictou have been cited by the department for failure to meet agreed upon timelines.

The department said the Municipality of Inverness County “failed to submit on time a transition plan for the upgrade of the classification of their drinking water treatment facility, which includes upgrading certification of their facility operator, expected by early September 2009.”

Department of Environment spokesperson Bruce Nunn said the municipalities singled out missed deadlines only by one or two weeks and in some cases have rectified the outstanding concerns.

 
 
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