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April 05, 2018
Waste management, water and wastewater system performance reports released

Waste reduction rates, drinking water and wastewater systems performance remained safe and reliable in 2017

Oxford County Public Works has released a series of annual reports that measure the performance of key services including drinking water and wastewater systems along with waste management.

The reports are mandated by the province, but are also publicly released to give residents information on the safety and reliability of their services.

Waste Management

Oxford County waste management continues to achieve one of the highest waste diversion rates in Ontario.

Approximately 63,000 tonnes (a 1% increase from 2016) of material was received at the County’s landfill site in 2017, with over 22,000 tonnes (a 1% increase from 2016) being diverted to recycling end use markets.

The residential blue box program in the County saw a 2% decrease in material collected in 2017 and a 4% increase in waste and large article material collection. This is expected to push the County’s waste diversion rate up to 59%, although that number won’t be confirmed until April by Waste Diversion Ontario.

This puts the estimated lifespan of the Oxford County Waste Management Facility landfill at 45 years (2063). Just five years ago, in 2013, the estimated site life was 30 years (2043).

Water & Wastewater

Oxford County’s drinking water and wastewater treatment systems continue to operate at a high level of safety. Annual system reports, required by the province, are now published online for the public to access.

Drinking water

Oxford County monitors drinking water quality around the clock, 24/7 to ensure it is free of contaminants. The annual reports for 2017 were approved by Oxford County Council on February 28, 2018. In 2017, Public Works treated and supplied 11.6 million cubic meters of drinking water. Of the 13 systems inspected prior to the report date, 11 received ratings of 100%, with the remaining two receiving a rating between 97% and 99%.

Read the annual report for each municipal drinking water system in Oxford County.


Oxford County provides wastewater services to approximately 70,000 residents in 11 communities. The County owns and operates nine wastewater treatment plants and 11 wastewater collection systems (including contracted wastewater collections services to the City of Woodstock and Town of Tillsonburg). In 2017, seven of the County’s wastewater treatment plants achieved 100% compliance with their Environmental Compliance Approval effluent discharge limits, with the remaining two receiving a 99% rating.

The County’s wastewater collection systems reported four minor incidents to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change last year. They included a sewer forcemain leak in Ingersoll due to construction activity; a sewer forcemain leak in Plattsville due to a pipe break; a service connection leak in Mount Elgin; and a sewage overflow due to extreme weather in Woodstock.

Read the full 2017 annual wastewater report and biosolids management report.

Quick facts

  • Annual water system summary reports are a requirement of Ontario’s Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Annual Wastewater system reports, along with the biosolids annual report are submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to fulfill their Environmental Compliance Approval regulatory requirements.

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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


Adam Nyp | Strategic Communication & Engagement

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