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Delta staff release drinking water quality report

Delta has been producing an annual report on its water distribution and supply system since 2000
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The city last year saved approximately $320,000 by using water from the wells located near Watershed Park in the Delta distribution system.

Delta’s drinking water is just fine.

That’s according to the 2020 Drinking Water Quality Report presented recently to council.

The report notes that based on the testing results from the annual program, Delta's drinking water met the provincial requirements as outlined in the BC Drinking Water Protection Regulation.

Of the approximately 1,250 samples taken in 2020, none tested positive for E.coli or total coliforms.

Staff last year obtained the water sample tests from 34 sampling stations.

Samples were tested on-site for temperature, turbidity and chlorine residual, while an additional sample was sent to Metro Vancouver's laboratory where it was tested for turbidity, chlorine residual, heterotrophic plate counts, total coliform 1 bacteria and E.coli.

The report also notes that, in addition, tests for metals, vinyl chloride and disinfection by-products were conducted at a number of sampling sites.

Detailed physical and chemical analysis were also performed on the artesian well water sourced from Watershed Park.

As a water supplier, Delta is required to prepare and make public an annual report containing the results of its drinking water monitoring program.