All rental units using a private drinking water supply, whether a Bed & Breakfast (B&B), short-term rental, or cottage, must provide safe drinking water for tenants.
While registered B&B businesses are inspected by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, short-term rentals are NOT monitored (unless they provide food service) . The owners of these rental units should be able to demonstrate, with a copy of a recent laboratory test result, that the drinking water is safe.
Please note, the public health laboratory only tests for indicators of harmful bacteria and does not identify any chemicals present in the water.
Municipal water treatment systems are regulated by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks under Ontario Regulation 170/03 (Drinking Water Systems) to ensure the drinking water meets the Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards. If you have questions about your municipal drinking water, please contact your municipality.
For information about ensuring safe water from your drilled or dug well, please go to our Well Water page.