BH.01.SEP0419.C16 - Safe Water Program 2019 Mid-Year Summary

To: Board of Health
Meeting Date: September 4, 2019
Report No.: BH.01.SEP0419.C16
Prepared By: Shawn Zentner, Manager, Environmental Health
Approved By: Christopher Beveridge, Director, Health Protection
Submitted By: Dr. Nicola J. Mercer, MD, MBA, MPH, FRCPC Medical Officer of Health & CEO

Key Points

  • The Safe Water program completed all required inspections and responded to all complaints regarding drinking water and recreational water.
  • The mapped drinking water data base of private wells in Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph enables follow up with residents with no recent record of well water testing to better target messaging on how to safely manage private wells.

Program Requirements

Compliance with OPHS and Accountability Indicators:

✓ In compliance

Two moderate food safety inspections were missed during this reporting period, and have since been inspected, as compliant with food safety expectations.

Program Indicators:

Safe Recreational Water Indicators 2019 Mid-Year
# Class A Pools– Annual inspected


# Class A Pools– Seasonal inspected


# Class B Pools – Annual inspected


# Class B Pools – Seasonal inspected 34/34  
# Splash Pads inspected 17/17  
# wading pools inspected 5/5  
# Spas – Seasonal inspected 2/2  
# Spas – Annual inspected 35/35  
Safe Drinking Water Indicators    
# Small Drinking Water Systems (SDWS) Inspected. Seasonally inspected in Q3/Q4. 10 / 76 Low risk SDWS inspected once every 4 years.
# AWQI Reported 18/18  
# BWA Issued 0  


Although all indicators are in compliance at this time; SDWS Inspection rates for Q3/Q4 will be monitored for completion for year-end.

A data base and map of all private wells in Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph is being created based on the Well water survey conducted earlier in 2018. This will enable staff to follow up with residents who have no recent record of testing their well and to better target messaging on how to safely manage their well.

All regulated inspections of small drinking water systems and recreational water systems were conducted in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards and Health Protection Act.

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