Sept 2018 BOH - Mid-Year Safe Water Program Performance Indicator Summary - Program Service Information Report (BH.01.SEP0518.C14)

To: Board of Health
Meeting date: September 5, 2018
Prepared by: Shawn Zentner, Manager, Environmental Health (Safe Water and Tobacco Programs)
Report no.: BH.01.SEP0518.C14
Approved by: Christopher Beveridge, Director, Health Protection
Submitted by: Dr. Nicola J. Mercer, MD, MBA, MPH, FRCPC, Medical Officer of Health and CEO

Key Points

  • Health Protection programs conduct annual inspections and disease follow-up.

Strategic Directions & Goals

Service Centred Approach - We are committed to providing excellent service to anyone interacting with public health.

Building Healthy Communities - We will work with communities to support the health and well-being of everyone.

Operational Plan Objectives

  • WDGPH will complete 100% annual compliance inspections.
  • WDGPH will publicly disclose results of inspections (compliance and complaint).
  • WDGPH will investigate complaints related to an inspected facility.
  • WDGPH will mitigate health hazards and disease transmission based on risk.

Summary of OPHS Program Requirements

OPHS Program: Safe Water


  • To prevent or reduce the burden of water-borne illness related to drinking water.  To prevent or reduce the burden of water-borne illness and injury related to recreational water use.


  • Disease Prevention/Health Protection


  • To improve health and quality of life
  • Reduced morbidity and mortality
  • Reducing health inequities among population groups

Accountability Indicators - Performance Variance:

2018 Safe Water Performance Indicator 2018 Mid-Year Actual Comment
# of days that fluoride levels were below recommended levels at municipal drinking water systems that add fluoride 0% (0/0) No municipal fluoridated water systems in WDG area
# of drinking water advisories and boil water advisories  issued by days advisories were in effect 1 1 boil water advisory issued for 26 days up to June 31, 2018
% of the public who use private drinking water supplies who are aware of how to safely manage their own drinking water systems N/A This data cannot be tracked at this time as Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is defining ‘safely manage’ as related to awareness.
# of small drinking water systems where risk categories change from high risk to moderate or low risk indicating improvement in system performance 0% (0/0) All Small Drinking Water Systems have been assessed as low-risk
% of days per season beaches are posted 0% (0) GRCA posts beach water quality:

Related Reports

  • Safe Water – Recreational Water Use (Jan-Jun 2016) Program/Service Information Report
  • BH.01APR0517.R09 Well Water Health Analytics
  • BH.01NOV0117.R25 Well Water Research Project