The results of nitrate testing done this past fall on 40 agricultural fields over or near the Hullcar Aquifer have been posted.
The values range from 38% being very high, 43% medium high and 20% low in nature.
Despite the results, the Ministry of Environment is not taking any immediate actions over the drinking water until after further testing this spring according to Al Price of the concerned local citizens group.
“They are going to do a comparison test in the spring to see how much has actually leached out of the soil column they have tested, but the details of which won’t be available until late May, conveniently after the election.”
Price says even with further testing he worries the Environment Ministry still won’t take any concrete actions.
“Once the election is over and the various test results are in and the comparison test is done they’ll find a way to say that it is inconclusive and they can’t make a decision on our request for a hazard abatement and prevention order under the drinking water act.”
Price says the Ministry of Environment needs to take action now and not wait.
“We expected them to do something right away when the nitrate levels went over 10 which is the Canadian drinking water guideline and that was in March of 2014 and nothing much has changed, so whatever they are doing, it’s not working.”
Tests of the drinking water in December showed nitrate levels at 12.3 mg. per litre which was up from the 11 found in November.