Every year, municipalities must conduct a review of their drinking water system, and last week, the results of Prescott's review were presented to town council.
Prescott's CAO and treasurer, Matthew Armstrong, outlined the conclusions of the annual review of the town's drinking water quality management system, which was conducted last month.
The Ministry of Environment inspection was completed on the town's distribution system and there were no negative findings in the report. The town was in compliance with all provincial standards. There were also no adverse incidents reported this past year within the distribution system.
There was a precautionary measure taken on one occasion, though, when some residents in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal, those on Prescott's water supply, were advised to boil their water before drinking it, as there was a suspected break in a water main at the Prescott golf course. The alert was lifted, however, when it was determined that there had been no break in the line and all subsequent water quality tests proved satisfactory.
Throughout the year, nine complaints were reported to the town about either low water pressure or the scent, taste or colour of the water, but all such complaints were investigated and rectified. There was also a third-party audit of the water management system. The management system met all requirements and conformed to provincial standards, but the auditors did suggest three minor changes that could be made to improve it.