Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 4:15 p.m.
Mayor Barton boiling mad over water tower rumour
A rumour about the water tower in Vankleek Hill had Mayor Gary Barton boiling over during last night’s Champlain Township council meeting.
Barton told council Wednesday evening that he’d spoken with a resident earlier in the day who told the mayor about a rumour that the water in the Vankleek Hill village water tower was contaminated.
“That is absolute b.s.!” said Mayor Barton. “Our water tower is empty right now, and there is nothing wrong with the water in Vankleek Hill.”
Barton was told that the “poisoned wate tower” allegation had come from one of the candidates in the current municipal election. Mayor Barton didn’t ask who the candidate was and reminded council that the water tower has been empty for some time because of refurbishing work needed to the structure.
The mayor noted that since the tainted water tragedy in Walkerton in 2000, all municipalities have become more careful about protecting their drinking water sources. He stated that Champlain Township does regular monitoring of its source with regular water quality reports from the Ontario Clean Water Agency.