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Water Today Title June 29, 2022

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Flooding in the Eastern part of Canada has been particularly large and widespread. In Quebec, the elevated water levels have affected communities in 11 administrative regions across the province. Homes in six municipalities and boroughs in Montreal have been hit this spring.

The most recent information from Urgence Québec shows that 412 homes have been flooded, 537 people have been evacuated, and 9 roads have been closed in the metropolitan area.

Earlier this week the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) believed that there was no need to worry about the quality of water in areas touched by flooding in the province. Municipalities with water treatment systems are well equipped to deal with any contamination threat. The MDDELCC did caution those who are supplied from wells to disinfect the well and test the water before drinking if your area had been flooded.

Ville de Montréal echoed the ministry's statement from a few days ago. Jacques-Alain Lavallée, Communication Manager Public Affairs Division with the city, stated that "tap water remains of excellent quality in flooded areas." The reliability of the water is assured he said "when it comes from the municipal distribution network," the aqueduct.

Lavallée added that if people's drinking water is supplied "from an individual well, an artesian well, it is non-potable." If that is the case it is "necessary to boil water at a rolling boil for one minute before consuming."

Join us as we continue to monitor the drinking water quality as other municipalities report in.

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