Diane Saxe has just released her report as the province's environment commissioner, and she's concerned about the direction of the current government.
"The last time we had a government focusing on budget cuts, and not on environmental protection, we ended up with Walkerton," she noted.
In 2000, six people died and 2,000 were took ill, due to bacteria found in the municipal water system in Walkerton. A commission of inquiry led to sweeping reforms to how municipal water systems were to be governed and maintained.
Saxe also has concerns about residents who get their drinking water from wells, saying they need to be careful with septic systems, fuel oil and urine contaminating the source water.
Saxe reserved comment on the government's recent decision -- as part of the fall financial update -- to close her office. Her staff will be working with the ombudsman and auditor general.
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