Drinking Water

We all deserve safe drinking water. One of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s role is to prevent and reduce water-borne illness related to drinking water. The TBDHU does this in a number of ways, including:

  • Surveillance and inspection of drinking water systems;
  • Timely response to drinking water adverse events (including issuing Boil Water Advisories as required), reports of water-borne illnesses or outbreaks, and other drinking water-related issues arising from emergencies;
  • Education and training of owners/operators of small drinking water systems;
  • Informing the public about unsafe drinking-water conditions and providing information to respond appropriately.
  • Helping homeowners interpret results (for example, whether or not the water meets safe drinking standards).Providing information on treatment methods.

For a full list of TBDHU’s responsibilities related to drinking water, please access the Safe Drinking Water and Fluoride Monitoring Protocol, 2019.

Private Well Water Testing

Regular testing of your private well is important to make sure your water is safe for you and your family to drink. Bacteria such as E. coli can contaminate your well making it unsafe to drink. The risk is higher if you have animals in the area – especially on farms with livestock and other animals – but the bacteria can also occur naturally in the soil.

Visit Private Well Water Testing to learn more.


For Further Information

Call a Public Health Inspector at (807) 625-5930

or toll-free 1-888-294-6630, extension 5930

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