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Water System Operators

Small Drinking Water System Operators

Small Drinking Water Systems in Ontario are regulated, (Ont. Regulation 319/08) as of December 1, 2008, under legislation that was transferred from the Ministry of the Environment to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and health units.

As part of this program, a public health inspector will conduct an on-site assessment of each small drinking water system (SDWS) in Simcoe and Muskoka. Small drinking water systems can include restaurants, seasonal trailer parks, summer camps, community centres, libraries, gas stations, motels, churches and many other public facilities not served by municipal water.

At the end of this assessment, the public health inspector will determine what must be done to help keep the drinking water safe. This may include water testing, treatment, or training.

Each small drinking water system owner or operator will register with the MOHLTC and health unit in order to obtain the unique identification number required for each system. To register a system, the Notice to Operate or Reopen a Small Drinking Water System form must be completed and faxed to the health unit.

Each SDWS owner/operator must also register with a commercial licensed laboratory. We recommend you register with at least two commercial licensed laboratories.

To register a new licensed laboratory the Laboratory Services Notification (LSN) form must be completed and faxed to the health unit.

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