TOWN OF PORT MCNEILL PHOTO Graham MacDonald (second from left) was a councillor for the Town of Port McNeill from 2014-2018. He requested extra testing on the drinking water for glycophates.

Port McNeill’s drinking water tested, no glyphosates found

Former councillor Graham MacDonald previously requested extra testing on the drinking water.

The drinking water in Port McNeill has been tested, and no glyphosates of any kind have been found.

Former councillor Graham MacDonald (2014-2018) previously requested extra testing on the drinking water at a Nov. 19 council meeting, and the town agreed to comply with his wishes, having the water tested on Dec. 28.

The Town of Port McNeill sent out a press release on the issue, which you can read below:

At the regular meeting of Council on November 19, 2018, during the question period, resident Graham MacDonald raised concerns about glyphosates being introduced to the Town of Port McNeill’s drinking water system through the use of herbicides by various organizations.

The Town of Port McNeill takes the safety of our citizens and visitors very seriously and is diligent about the protection of our drinking water. The Town’s drinking water is regulated through the Vancouver Island Health Authority and is subject to stringent testing as required by our drinking water officer and the Province of British Columbia’s drinking water guidelines. The Town of Port McNeill meets all of the Province of British Columbia’s drinking water reporting guidelines and performs the regulated chemical and mineral testing.

Concerns of this nature are taken very seriously and as a result, the Town had special testing performed on our drinking water for glyphosates over and above the VIHA requirements. We are happy to announce no traces of glyphosates were detected in our drinking water system.

For further information, please contact our Public Works Manager, Julian Allen (pmworks@portmcneill.ca), the Town Office (reception@portmcneill.ca) or the Vancouver Island Health Authority (info@viha.ca).

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