Why the government has so little to say about jackson’s water supply
The province has long been plagued by water problems and an overall lack of information about its water supply, with a lack of transparency among departments of water and wastewater management and a lack on how the water is being distributed.
But as water shortages continue in the Greater Toronto Area, the federal government has been trying to bring some clarity to a situation that many in the province have felt for years.
The government has released few details about the province’s water woes, only saying it is “under water” for much of the year.
The government also has been mum on the quality of its water.
The lack of details has made it difficult to understand how the province has managed its water, according to Ken Smith, a University of Toronto professor who specializes in water policy and management.
“When you have a problem like this, the first question you have to ask is: Where are the pipes, how do you distribute them, how are you using them?” he said.
“There’s not a lot of information.
And it’s not clear where that water comes from.”
In response to the lack of water, Ontario’s provincial water manager, Joe Oliver, released a report last year that outlined a series of actions the government was taking to address the problems.
Those include developing a water-efficiency plan that outlines how the provincial government plans to achieve a certain level of water use and a program to ensure it gets enough of the province, Oliver wrote.
Ontario is currently spending $1.5 billion on the program.
Oliver also released a water quality report in July that indicated there were elevated levels of contaminants in the water and that the government had reduced the level of nitrates in the Lake Ontario.
But it has also been criticized for not doing enough to address its water quality problems, including its lack of a mandatory plan to reduce nitrates and chloramines in the wastewater and to ensure the use of natural resources in the watersheds is not affected.
Even if the province had a plan in place to address water quality issues, Oliver said, the government would still be required to meet its own goals by not making any decisions on where water comes.
Ontario has also had trouble meeting its targets for water conservation and reduced use of chemicals.
The provincial government has committed to reducing water use by 40 per cent by 2035 and to conserving 25 per cent of the water in Ontario.
In its annual report to the legislature last month, the ministry estimated that Ontario’s water needs are $1 billion higher than the province could realistically meet.
It has also said it will require the provincial and municipal governments to pay an additional $1-billion in water use taxes over the next 10 years.
The province also is facing a backlog of water-treatment plants and the ongoing construction of new treatment plants.
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