Municipal water treatment systems are regulated by the Ministry of the Environment under Ontario Regulation 170/03 (Drinking Water Systems) and follow strict procedures for testing and monitoring of drinking water to ensure it meets the Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards.
Many residents rely on drilled, dug, or bored wells to supply water for drinking and other household uses. Groundwater is a shared resource that crosses property lines, and contamination from one well can put other wells at risk.
Test your well water for bacteria at least three times per year (spring, summer, and fall). Also test whenever you experience quality or quantity issues (e.g. drought conditions.) Free testing of private water supplies for bacteria is available through your nearest Hastings Prince Edward Public Health office: Water Sample Drop-Off Schedule for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. If a problem is suspected, chemical tests can be done through a licensed lab for a fee.
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*Note that, unlike the guidance provided in this video, water samples must be dropped off the same day for Hastings Prince Edward Public Health testing
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Small Drinking Water Systems
If your business supplies drinking water to the public from a private well, or surface water source (river, lake), you may be an owner or operator of a small drinking water system (SDWS). As such, it is your responsibility to take steps to ensure that this water is safe to drink.
Small drinking water systems are regulated by Ontario Regulation 319/08 (Small Drinking Water Systems) under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
To register your SDWS, fill out the Small Drinking Water System Identification form and either fax or mail the completed form to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.
Prior to re-opening a seasonal SDWS, a Notice to Re-Open a Small Drinking Water System form must be completed and submitted to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health by the owner/operator.
How do I test my SDWS?
The first step is to complete the Small Drinking Water System Laboratory Services Notification (LSN) form. This form must be faxed or mailed to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health prior to submitting your drinking water samples to the laboratory of your choice. Click here for a list of private labs.
The frequency, number, and type of tests that may be required for your SDWS will be outlined in the customized directive issued for your SDWS by a public health inspector.
What do I do if I get an adverse test result?
SDWS owners/operators are required to immediately report every adverse observation or test result to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health in person, by phone, or through the after-hours on-call system. A follow-up written notice must be sent within 24 hours to the Environmental Health/Inspection Department using the Notice of Adverse Test Results and Issue Resolution form.
For more information, call (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 677.
Drinking water haulage vehicles are used to supply water to homes and businesses that are serviced by cisterns, as well as to the general public in emergency situations. These operations are inspected for compliance with the Drinking Water Haulage Guidance Document.