TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – Jan 19, 2019) – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has issued a call for an immediate ban on water purifiers in Ontario.
Ontario Public Service Employers and Employers Association (OPEA) President Doug MacKenzie says in a statement that the OSEU is calling for an emergency moratorium on water pumps and other water filtration systems.
“We are calling on our employers to ensure their employees have access to water purifying devices, which are required to prevent water pollution from entering the environment,” MacKennais statement says.
The OSEB’s statement adds that the public service industry is facing a water crisis, which has led to many communities having water supplies at risk.
“The OPA is concerned that the widespread use of water purifications may increase the amount of water that is in the Ontario system, which could lead to water pollution, which is already an issue in many communities,” the statement says, adding that Ontario’s water system is already at a critical point and has yet to fully recover from the Great Lakes and Great Lakes Basin aquifers.
Ontarians water supply is at risk due to increased use of bottled water, said MacKennies statement.
“This water is being used for personal hygiene purposes, for household use, and for industrial use, including by companies such as the pharmaceutical industry.
If the industry is using these products for their own profit, it will put our drinking water at risk,” the OPEA said.
“It will also cause more waste to go into our water system, and that will harm our quality of water.”
The Ontario Public Utility Board (OPUB) and the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) have said the use of reusable water filters is not a problem, and are working on a water filter pilot project in Ontario to see if it will reduce water contamination.
“This is not the end of the discussion.
The Ontario government will continue to work with our partners to determine what is the best solution,” Mac Kennies OPEB spokesperson, Brian White, said in a news release.
Ontarian Water’s chief executive, Tom Beech, said on Twitter the province has a water problem and it’s time to fix it.
Ontary Public Service is working with other provincial agencies to find a solution to water contamination, but said in the meantime, the company is making it a priority to provide free water filtrators for the public.
“For now, we are providing water filter systems to all of our employees and all of the other employees in the system,” Beech said.
Ontara water filticuis system of free water purulators for public service employees, including their families, is one of several projects under way across the province.