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Filtering out a water scam

The Region of Durham is reminding residents to be wary of water filter scams.

The Region of Durham is reminding residents to be wary of water filter scams.

After receiving concerned calls from residents, the Region of Durham is reminding people that it does not sell nor does it endorse water filters or treatment equipment.

“Some of these individuals make false or misleading statements about water quality and/or the mandatory replacement of water meters,” states John Presta, the region’s director of environmental services, in a news release.

“The region provides clean, safe drinking water, which meets provincial water quality standards. Our water undergoes daily monitoring and testing and does not require further filtration or monitoring at residents’ expense.”

The region is advising that if someone shows up at your door, be sure to ask for identification as all regional employees and authorized contractors carry it, don’t feel pressured into signing contracts on the spot or letting anyone into your home, call the visiting organization or the region to confirm that the visit is legitimate and to never give out personal information. The region also says that it does not send staff to homes without sending an official letter and/or scheduling an appointment, and will not show up unannounced.

For more information on the region’s water quality testing, please contact Durham’s works department at (905) 668-7711, or view water quality reports online at durham.ca/water.