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Community association concerned over possible drinking water contamination following Eastway Tank explosion

Glens Community Association Vice President Anges Warda says contamination to local drinking supply has been a longstanding concern, only exacerbated by the tragedy earlier in the month.
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Eastway Tank Pump and Meter Ltd. a week after an explosion at its Merivale Road site, January 19, 2022. Ryan Lowe/ CityNews

A community association in Ottawa's Pineglen neighbourhood is concerned about possible contamination to well water supply, following the explosion at Eastway Tank on Thursday, January 13.

Glens Community Association Vice President Anges Warda says contamination to local drinking supply has been a longstanding concern, only exacerbated by the tragedy earlier in the month.

She explains organic compounds were appearing in the community's well water supply on occasion for multiple years, which led the City of Ottawa to install monitoring wells.

"For a number of years, the trucks that were [at Eastway Tank] were not exactly what we were hoping for," Warda told The Sam Laprade Show on Thursday, January 27.

Warda says any time they reached out to the Ministry of Environment with concerns of contamination, they were assured that the situation is under control.

Following the incident at Eastway, Warda feels the community is wondering what will happen now but has also been assured that contamination is not an immediate problem.

She says the community as a whole is trying to look forward but does realize there is a problem.

"We know that for now, the ground is frozen, so nothing is going to go there," Warda explained.

Warda also feels it would have been better if something was done more proactively to address these concerns, instead of waiting until past the point that action must be taken.

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