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Environment, Conservation and Parks minister Rod Phillips has released his first Minister's Annual Report on Drinking Water.

The report highlights progress over the last year and shows that 99.8 percent of more than half-a-million test results from municipal residential drinking water systems met Ontario's drinking water quality standards.

The report showcases actions the province is taking with municipalities, conservation authorities, and indigenous communities to protect drinking water from its source to people's taps.

The report also outlines how we will continue to ensure the long-term sustainability of our vital water resources through the government's new made-in-Ontario environment plan.

Ontario is working together with partners to address the key stressors on our water resources.

The plan proposes new actions to protect the Great Lakes, fish, parks, beaches, coastal wetlands, and water by reducing plastic litter, reducing phosphorus that causes excess algae, addressing sources and causes of shoreline bacteria, reducing salt in waterways, and focusing on vulnerable areas such as Lake Ontario.

The government also is proposing to extend the moratorium on new and increasing permits to take groundwater to produce bottled water until Jan. 1, 2020.

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