FAQ – Municipal Drinking Water Services

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Is disinfection of municipal water supplies required
Disinfection of water supplies is required in the following provinces:
Alberta all systems must provide disinfection
British Columbia all surface water supplies and any ground water that, in the opinion of a drinking water officer, is at risk of containing pathogens must be disinfected
Manitoba surface water supplies and groundwater under the influence of surface water must be disinfected
Newfoundland all community water supplies
Northwest Territories all surface water, and any groundwater that may be subject to contamination in the well or in storage reservoirs or mains
Nunavut all surface water, and any groundwater that may be subject to contamination in the well or in storage reservoirs or mains
Ontario all surface supplies, and groundwater unless an exemption is obtained
Prince Edward Island no requirements – however drinking water is solely from groundwater sources
Québec all surface water systems, any systems served by groundwater that are under the influence of surface water
Saskatchewan mandatory disinfection

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