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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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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is in Green-Prevent level of the provincial reopening Framework since February 10, 2021.

For details regarding restrictions and precautions applicable to the Green-Prevent level of the province’s reopening Framework, please visit Ontario.ca.

In addition to restrictions outlined by the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, has implemented a Class 22 Order, which includes additional precautions in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

HPEPH will continue to update hpePublicHealth.ca to include information for local businesses and residents. Local business owners/operators who are unable to find answers to their questions on our web page are invited to complete our online inquiry form.

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.