(Black Press Media file photo)

Delta reassuring residents tap water is safe to drink

Statement prompted by telemarketers claiming water quality concerns to sell filtration systems

The City of Delta is reassuring residents that their tap water is safe to drink after a number of people reported receiving phone calls alleging water quality issues.

According to posts on the city’s social media accounts, the City of Delta has received complaints about telemarketing calls from a company “alleging drinking water quality concerns.”

The city says these claims are false and being made by a company selling water filtration systems, adding the city’s legal counsel has contacted the company to put a stop to the calls.

Delta conducts weekly water quality tests to ensure drinking water meets all applicable standards and the results are reported to council on an annual basis.

According to the latest report, which was presented to council on June 24, city staff conducted a total of approximately 1,360 water sample tests last year from 34 sampling stations located across Delta.

Samples were tested on-site for temperature, turbidity and chlorine residual, while additional samples were sent to Metro Vancouver’s laboratory and tested for turbidity, chlorine residual, heterotrophic and coliform bacteria counts, and E. coli.

In addition, tests for metals, vinyl chloride and disinfection byproducts were conducted at a number of sampling sites. Furthermore, detailed physical and chemical analyses were performed on the artesian well water sourced from Watershed Park.

The results showed Delta’s drinking water met all provincial requirements, and none of the 1,360 samples tested positive for E. coli.

The report noted that water quality has improved since the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant commenced operation in late 2009. As well, Metro Vancouver commissioned the Seymour-Capilano Twin Tunnels in 2015, enabling the filtration of the Capilano source water in addition to Seymour, resulting in lower turbidity readings, a consistent level of chlorine residual and reduced disinfection by-products.

The full City of Delta 2018 Drinking Water Quality Report can be found at delta.ca/docs/default-source/engineering/2018-delta-water-quality-report.pdf?sfvrsn=2.



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey Food Bank boss Feezah Jaffer on Cheerios box

It’s part of a General Mills campaign honouring food bank heroes

Surrey history buff transcribes her way to a provincial award

‘It can be tedious work but it’s also very interesting,’ Diane Johnson says

Appeal court overturns Surrey sexual assault acquittal, orders new trial

Appeal court judge says Surrey court failed to consider evidence of ‘passive dishonesty’

Surrey’s Alan Clegg sits down for a socially-distanced chat about his life in Cloverdale over the years

Clegg chats about his time as a volunteer firefighter, 1962’s Typhoon Freda, and how he’s been holding up during COVID-19

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Kelowna man charged with harming a hamster

The 20-year-old Kelowna man faces several animal cruelty charges

High tech fish transport system set up to ‘whoosh’ salmon past Big Bar landslide

Fish will spend roughly 20 seconds inside the system, moving at roughly 20 metres per second

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, says talks are ongoing

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

Snowbirds jets will not be leaving Kamloops, just yet

The Snowbirds have been in Kamloops since May 17 when a plane crashed killing Capt. Jennifer Casey

COVID-19 checkpoints ‘up to them,’ Bonnie Henry says of remote B.C. villages

Support local tourism economy, but only if you’re invited in

Vancouver Island hasn’t seen a new homegrown case of COVID-19 in two weeks

Island’s low and steady transmission rate chalked up to several factors

Eight people arrested in Victoria homeless camp after enforcement order issued

Those living in tents were given until May 20 to move indoors

Andrew Weaver says he was ready to defeat John Horgan government

Independent MLA blasts B.C. Greens over LNG opposition

Most Read

l -->