- Small Drinking Water Systems
What is the Small Drinking Water Regulation?
The small drinking water systems regulation is a new regulation that ensures that drinking water that is served to the public from small drinking water systems is safe. Responsibility for small drinking water systems has been transferred effective December 1, 2008 to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care from the Ministry of the Environment.
The new Small Drinking Water Regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act are in effect:
What is a Small Drinking Water System?
If your business makes drinking water available to the public and you do not get your drinking water from a municipal drinking water system you may be the owner or operator of a small drinking water system.
Here are some examples of small drinking water systems that are regulated under the new regulation:
Seasonal trailer parks, campgrounds or resorts with 6 or more connections
Restaurants on private water systems
Hotels, motels and bed and breakfast accommodations
Recreational and athletic facilities
Place of worship
Places where service clubs and fraternal organizations meet
Any place where the general public has access to a drinking water fountain or shower
Your Public Health Inspector is here to Help:
Under this new system, small drinking water systems will be inspected by Public Health Inspectors from your local health unit.
Your local Public Health inspectors will conduct a site-specific risk assessment on every small drinking water system in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties. Based on the assessment, they will determine what owners and operators must do to keep their drinking water safe and will issue a directive for the system, which may include requirements such as water testing, treatment and training. This reflects a customized approach for each small drinking water system depending on the level of risk, rather than "one-size-fits-all" requirements.
Training for Small Drinking Water System Operators
Information for Operators of Small Drinking Water Systems
For more information please see the following resources:
- Get to Know the Law - Small Drinking Water Systems Regulation
- Small Drinking Water Systems regulations 319/08
- Government of Ontario - Small Drinking Water Systems FAQ
- Licensed Laboratories
- 4578-64E Laboratory Services Notification form (doc)
The Laboratory Services Notification (LSN) form is to be used by small drinking water system owners/operators to notify the local public health unit in writing as to which licensed laboratories will test drinking water samples for their small drinking water systems.
- 4579-64E SDWS Identification form (doc)
The Small Drinking Water System Identification form is to be used by owners of small drinking water systems to notify in writing the medical officer of health in the health unit where their system is located before supplying drinking water to users of the system following construction or alteration of the small drinking water system or following a shut-down of the system that lasts longer than seven days.
- 4580-64E Notice of Adverse test result and Issue Resolution form (doc)
The Notice of Adverse Test Results and Issue Resolution form is to be used by licensed laboratories and owners/operators of small drinking water systems to support required written notifications pertaining to small drinking water system adverse water quality incidents (AWQI).
For further information, please contact a Public Health Inspector with the Community Health Protection Department in Brockville at 613-345-5685 or Smiths Falls at 613-283-2740.