Private wells in north Dufferin County more susceptible to contamination than rest of WDGPH

Article originally posted on Orangeville.com, written by Chris Halliday

For those drinking water from a private well in the north end of Dufferin County, this public service announcement is meant for you.

Based on water sampling data from 2011 to 2015, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) has determined private wells in most of Grand Valley, Amaranth, Mono, Shelburne, Mulmur and Melancthon are more susceptible to bacterial contamination than other area in the region.

That group comprises the largest of four major land clusters WDGPH has identified as being at an increased risk of having well water test positive for coliform bacteria or E.coli. Other areas of concern include parts of Welington North, Centre Wellington and Mapleton.

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Seven Reforms to Address Marine Plastic Pollution

The Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria has just released a report Seven Reforms to Address Marine Plastic Pollution.

The first set of recommendations focus on regulating single use plastics and the report states:

There is now a growing movement to ban individual-sized water bottles, plastic straws and non-biodegradable plastic tableware. For example, in 2016 San Francisco banned the sale of individual (<21 oz.) water bottles in public spaces in a regulation to be phased in over the next four years. Waivers from the rule may be given if no alternative water source is available. This follows complete bans on water bottle sales in Concord Massachusetts, at numerous universities, and in 14 US National Parks.