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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Drinking Water

Rental Units

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

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.

Environmental Concerns/Spills

If a member of the public wishes to report an environmental concern please call: 1-866-MOE-TIPS (1-866-663-8477).

Regulatory agencies calling to report a spill under responsibilities of the Environmental Protection Act are to call the Spills Action Centre (SAC) at 1-800-268-6060.

Well Water

For information about ensuring safe water from your drilled or dug well, please go to our Well Water page.

 

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

HPEPH is currently offering vaccine to eligible groups. In order to keep our phone lines free for those who are currently eligible, please do NOT contact us to inquire about vaccinations unless you have been invited to participate.

Groups Currently Eligible to Book at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine:

  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021
  • Health care or personal support workers
  • Childcare workers (licensed & unlicensed)
  • Education workers (including special education)
  • Residents and staff in care homes and group living settings (including essential caregivers)
  • People with highest-risk health conditions and their caregivers (for example, pregnancy, organ transplant, multiple sclerosis)
  • People with high risk health conditions and their caregivers (for example, BMI of over 40, chemotherapy, Down syndrome)
  • People with at-risk health conditions (for example, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, diabetes)
  • Chronic home health care recipients
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, including members of their household
  • People who cannot work from home (Group One and Group Two)

Groups Eligible to Book at Pharmacies:

Groups Eligible to Pre-Register

For booking information for eligible individuals, please visit  hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines/

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

A province-wide Stay-at-Home order is in effect, and requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. Please avoid close contact with anyone outside your household. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.