Protecting Our Drinking Water

    All 121 O'Connor Report Recommendations Implemented

    WALKERTON, ON, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Premier McGuinty said his Ontario Liberal
government's resolve to protect the province's drinking water was inspired by
the strength and determination of the people of Walkerton.
    "Walkerton is back, and our drinking water is safer, because Ontarians
have worked hard and worked together," said Premier McGuinty. "Ontario
Liberals have implemented every one of Justice O'Connor's recommendations, but
it is the people of Walkerton - their courage and strength - that have been
the driving force behind our actions."
    The inquiry into the tragedy, led by Justice Dennis O'Connor, recommended
sweeping reforms to protect Ontario's drinking water. All of his 121
recommendations have now been fully implemented.
    The Ontario Liberals have passed the toughest Clean Water Act in Canada,
hired 33 new water inspectors and provided almost $2 billion for municipal
clean water infrastructure.
    The Premier visited the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, a key tool in
implementing the recommendations of the Inquiry. The Centre is dedicated to
providing the best available training, education and information to the
owners, operators and operating authorities of water systems in Ontario.
Ontario's Liberal government has provided the Centre with funding of $5
million annually for 10 years. Another $5 million has been provided to help
the Centre build a permanent home. Since its creation in 2004, 5,000 people
have taken courses at the Centre.
    "I can't imagine what it must have been like to live here, when the town
was suffering, but I can tell you what it's like to visit here, now that the
town is thriving again," said Premier McGuinty. "I am certain that the
strength and determination I've always seen here will keep Walkerton moving
forward in the years to come."

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