The Health Unit plays an important role with regards to drinking water and recreational water safety.
One objective of the Safe Water program is to prevent or reduce the burden of water-borne illness related to drinking water. This is achieved by ensuring that community drinking water systems meet all health-related objectives (Refer to Small Drinking Water Systems in the Drinking Water Safety section ). Also, that members of the public who use private wells, cisterns, rain or lake water are aware of how to safely manage their own drinking water systems. (Refer to Private Drinking Water)
The Safe Water program also includes the testing and monitoring of water at public beaches so as to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases and reduce injury related to their use (Refer to Recreational Water Testing Program in the Recreational Water section).
The Safe Water program also aims to prevent or reduce the burden of water-borne illness and injury related to the use of pools, spas and other non-regulated water facilities (eg: wading pools and splash pads). These types of facilities are regularly inspected to ensure compliance with relevant regulations or guidelines. (Refer to Pools, Spas and Splash Pads).
For more information on any of these programs or more detail on the topics discussed on our website, contact your local health unit office.