Safe Water


The goal of the Safe Water Program is to reduce the incidence of water-borne illness and recreational water-related injuries in the community. We believe that safe drinking water is a fundamental component of a healthy community and that our citizens have a right to a safe and reliable supply of drinking water.


Public Health is mandated to reduce the incidence of water-borne illnesses by:  

  1. Taking appropriate action to protect public health when adverse test results are received from community drinking water systems

  2. Assessing, directing treatment requirements for Small Drinking Water Systems.

  3. Providing information to owners of private water systems

    a) Interpretation of water test results

    b) Potential health effects of using contaminated water

    c) The maximum acceptable concentrations of various health–related parameters found in drinking water


In addition to the above, Public Health is mandated to assist in the prevention and reduction of water-borne illness and injury related to recreational water use by:

  1. Inspection of recreational water facilities and surveillance of Public Beaches

  2. Management of and response to water-borne illness and/or injury related to the use of recreational water facilities

  3. Education and training of owner/operators and staff of recreational water facilities


Private Drinking Water

Public Drinking Water

Recreational Water

Public Beaches

Additional Resources:

     Drinking Water Source Protection

     Health Facts - Water Safety (MOHLTC)