The Health Unit plays an important role with regards to drinking water and recreational water safety. This role extends from providing education and information to monitoring water safety and enforcing legislation.
Drinking water is water that is safe to drink. We use it in our daily lives at home, school, the office, or while out in the community. In Ontario, drinking water is required to meet specific quality and safety standards.
Health Canada has stringent standards for drinking water. The Health Unit acts when drinking water safety is affected.
The Health Unit is notified when the safety of drinking water is compromised. The Health Unit may issue a boil water advisory or a drinking water advisory to owners or operators of regulated drinking water systems.
Drinking water guidelines are designed to protect the health of the most vulnerable members of society, such as children and older people. The guidelines set out the basic parameters that every water system should strive to achieve in order to provide the cleanest, safest, and most reliable drinking water possible.
The Health Unit is notified when the safety of drinking water is compromised. The Health Unit may issue a boil water advisory or a drinking water advisory to owners or operators of regulated drinking water systems. Regulated drinking water systems include:
Many households get their drinking water from a municipal source. If your household is not serviced by municipal water, you are considered to have a private water source.