May 21, 2014 1:45 pm

Monitoring of N.S. public water supply inadequate: auditor general

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HALIFAX – A report from Nova Scotia’s acting auditor general is flagging problems in the way the province’s Environment Department is monitoring some drinking water supplies.

The report released Wednesday by Alan Horgan says while municipal water facilities are generally audited every three years as required, registered facilities are not.

Registered water facilities are typically used by restaurants, apartments, campgrounds, schools and nursing homes.

Horgan says there have been cases where water samples were not obtained from registered facilities within 30 days after a boil advisory was removed.

He also says guidance for staff is inadequate and there is a lack of followup after deficiencies were found in past audits.

Horgan’s annual report makes 19 recommendations to fix the problems.

Environment Minister Randy Delorey says he has accepted the recommendations.

But he says the water supply is safe.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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