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Water Today Title November 23, 2017

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When we first reached François Gagnon , Director General of the town of Franklin, QC, he was taken aback. "Boil water advisory? Let me contact my technician and call you right back," he said.

Turns out, there was no boil water advisory at all but rather a non-conformity advisory for the Saint-Antoine-Abbé sector of town.

Whether caused by a sampling or procedural error, a non-conformity advisory requires the water operator to proceed with more water tests to verify the safety of the water.

"You scared me there, said Gagnon" Here, I thought I was unaware of a boil water advisoy in my own town."

"Actually, our water is of superior quality. In fact, we are one of only two Quebec municipalities allowed not to use fluoride or chlorine in our water system," he says. "That's how pure our water is and you can imagine how many tests Environment did to grant us this."

"So, this week, I am off to Quebec with my 7 little pots of water samples to enter our municipal water in the Concours de la meilleure eau municipale du Québec 2014. The water tasting contest takes place this Thursday and Friday in Quebec City.

Franklin is located about 50km south-west of Montreal along the American border. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 1,688.

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