Safe drinking water is vital to our health and quality of life. In the Porcupine Health Unit Region, we are fortunate to have access to high quality drinking water. Residents living outside of urban areas rely primarily on the use of lake and well water for their drinking. Unprotected water sources can result in potential exposure to numerous types of microorganisms that can cause illness. For example, blue-green algae which occur naturally in ponds, rivers, lakes, and streams.
Private water testing is the responsibility of the home owner. Testing services are available FREE of charge for private home owners and bottles can be picked up at any of the Porcupine Health unit offices. Water test results will help determine whether or not bacteria are at safe levels. To find out how to properly take a water sample, click here. Just remember that once the samples are taken, bottles must be dropped off to your nearest Public Health Ontario Laboratory.
Public Health Inspectors are available to help interpret these results and can work with home owners to provide education on your water source. If you have any questions or concerns about your drinking water, contact a Public Health Inspector at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.