Private Drinking Water
We all need a supply of safe, clean water. But, clean water is easily taken for granted in a water-rich region such as Grey Bruce. Water has the potential to be a significant source of human disease. People who use water from private supplies should understand where their water comes from, what type of well they have and how to test their water.
More information on Water Sources and Wells
Testing Private Drinking Water
In Ontario, people who rely on a private drinking water system can test it for bacterial contamination free of charge. Owners or operators of regulated systems such as Small Drinking Water Systems, or anyone who get their drinking water from a municipal supply cannot use this service. Samples are not to be submitted from untreated surface water supplies such as lakes or rivers as these supplies are subject to contamination and are not considered suitable for drinking purposes unless properly treated. Public Health serves as a drop-off point for water samples and there are many additional drop of locations around the region.
Water Bottle Pickup and Drop Off Times - 2017
Health Inspectors can help you interpret the results of bacteriological analysis and advise you on corrective measures.
More information on Testing Private Water
Water Treatment Systems
You may decide that you would like to install a water treatment system to address water quality or water safety issues. Or, you may have bought a home or cottage with an existing system and would like to know more about it. There are a variety of systems available and they vary in design, price, effectiveness at removing particular contaminants and difficulty of operation. Find more information on the types of water treatment systems available.
Water Wells - Best Management Practices (order on-line or pick one up at the Grey Bruce Health Unit)
Public Health Ontario