Safe drinking water is fundamental to good health. In Ontario, drinking water is available to the public from municipally treated water systems and small drinking water systems that are regulated to ensure a safe supply. If you live in a rural area you may be responsible for providing your own drinking water from a well. No matter what the source of drinking water, we all play a role in protecting it. Just as public supplies need to be routinely tested, your private well needs to be tested to ensure the water you and your family drink is safe to consume.
Residential Well Water
The following section provides information regarding testing residential well water for bacteria, as well as interpreting your water test results. If your drinking water results indicate a problem, information on troubleshooting, corrective action and treatment options is provided.
The goal of the Safe Water Program is to reduce the incidence of water-borne illness in the community. We believe that safe drinking water is a fundamental component of a healthy community and that our citizens have a right to a safe and reliable supply of drinking water.
We also believe that private well owners have a right to easy access to routine water sampling and analysis. The Health Unit provides free water sample bottles at all of our offices along with courier service to the Public Health Laboratory. Public Health Inspectors are available to provide advice and information regarding the safety of your water.
In addition, health unit staff work to reduce communicable disease transmission from waters used for bathing at public pools, spas, hot tubs and beaches. For more information please visit our Recreational Water webpage.