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Safe Water

Safe drinking water is essential to the public's health. Child care centre operators are responsible for providing safe water to children and staff.

Under the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act, child care centres are identified as being a designated facility. This means that drinking water within child care centres is regulated by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks; there are specific sampling, testing, treatment and reporting requirements that apply; For question, please contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. 

If a child care centre becomes aware of an adverse water quality incident, they must contact: The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks at 416-325-3000 or 1-800-268-6060.

The centres are expected to have emergency contingency plans in the event of unsafe water or lack of water. See the Emergency Management section for further details. LINK TO SECTION

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