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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.

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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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

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