Small Drinking Water Inspections

Policy

Category: Safe Water
Subject: Small Drinking Water Inspections
Division: N/A
Policy Number: CA.83.01.106
Effective Date: Mar. 1, 2011

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to inspect and assess all Small Drinking Water Systems in accordance with Ontario Regulations 319/08.

 

APPROVED BY

Rob Thompson  


Procedure

Category: Safe Water
Subject: Small Drinking Water Inspections
Division: N/A
Procedure Number: CA.83.02.106
Effective Date: March 1, 2011

PROCEDURE

  1. Public Health Inspectors (PHI) must be trained in the following as a minimum: all Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Small Drinking Water Inspections (SDWS) technical and program courses prior to conducting any field inspections of Small Drinking Water Systems (SDWS). MOHLTC training in, or a good working knowledge of, RCAT and LRMA.
  2. Conduct a site visit to deliver the SDWS package (MOHLTC Small Drinking Water Systems Kit) and to verify if this premise meets the definition of SDWS.  Request the owner/operator to fill out owner/operator registration form and Laboratory Services form and provide a lab list to the owner.  Upon receiving the laboratory Services form, PHIs will input the name of the lab into LRMA.
  3. Create a SDWS registration number for the premise based on the information provided.
  4. Arrange an appointment for a field visit to conduct RCAT questions.
  5. During the on site visit, make visual observation on:
  • Well construction;
  • Height of well casing;
  • Slope around the well;
  • Topography;
  • Nearby water courses;
  • Distance from well to septic tile bed;
  • Any other potential sources of contamination; and
  • Review on site documentation including sampling history, well records, equipment/operations manuals etc. if available.
  1. Take a photo of the well and surrounding, obtain the GPS coordinates, conduct an interior walk through to observe the water distribution system and its components, i.e. treatment device, filters, softener, etc. Determine and perform any on site testing if necessary (UV transmittance, chlorine residual(s), turbidity, etc.) Make a permanent record of these results in the file. 
  2. Conduct the RCAT assessment in consultation with the owner/operator.
  3. Review the RCAT questions, insert well photo and well record into RCAT, and synchronize with the server.
  4. Calculate result from RCAT, draft Directive based on the recommendation of RCAT and with reference to the MOHLTC’s SDWS Directives Guidance Document.
  5. Make appointment to deliver the Directive.
  6. Provide a copy of the Regulation 319 to the owner/operator when delivering the Directive.
  7. During the Directive meeting, explained each section to the owner/operator and sign and date the Directive, give one original to the owner/operator and keep one other signed copy for our file.

APPROVED BY

Rob Thompson