How to Find Drinking Water Quality Information

Contact information for drinking water related authorities and offices in each provincial and territorial government can be found at https://www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=24C5BD18-1

Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, and Saskatchewan also have water quality testing information available online. This can be accessed by following the directions below.

Alberta

http://www.environment.alberta.ca/apps/RegulatedDWQ/Listing.aspx

Find your community in the alphabetical list and click on it. Choose a month from the drop down list and then click on “Get Summary Report”. This report includes testing data for E. coli and coliform bacteria.

British Columbia

Begin by checking the map found here, http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/health-authorities/regional-health-authorities to see in which Health Authority area your community is located. If you are in the Fraser, Interior, Northern, or Vancouver Island regions then you can follow the directions below.

Fraser Health

http://www.healthspace.ca/fha/drinkingwater

Find and click on your community in the list on the left hand side of this site. This will take you to a list of the water systems in that area, if there is more than one to choose from you should click on the ones that seem most relevant. At this point, you might see a list of inspection types along with their dates. Click on the most recent inspection (unless there is a certain time period in which you have more interest) and read the report.

Interior Health

https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/DrinkingWater/Pages/WaterSamples.aspx

You can enter your Facility, City, or select your Region from the drop-down menu, then you will see results for E. coli and Total Coliform tests.

Northern Health

http://www.healthspace.ca/Clients/NHA/NHA_Website.nsf

On the left hand side of the page click on Water Sample Results under the Drinking Water heading. Find and click on your community in the list on the left hand side of this site. This will take you to a list of the water systems in that area, if there is more than one to choose from you should click on the ones that seem most relevant. At this point, you might see a list of sampling sites; in which case, you should pick the ones that seem the most relevant. If you keep clicking you will come to a list of the water quality test results for that location, if they are available.

Vancouver Island Health Authority

http://www.healthspace.ca/Clients/VIHA/VIHA_Website.nsf

Click on Water Samples. Find and click on your community in the list on the left hand side of this site. This will take you to a list of the water systems in that area, if there is more than one to choose from you should click on the ones that seem most relevant. At this point, you might see a list of sampling sites and test results. You can see more test results by clicking on NEXT at the bottom of the page or changing how many results are shown per page.

Newfoundland and Labrador

http://maps.gov.nl.ca/water/

Scroll down to the heading “Community Water Resources Reports”, select your community from the drop-down list and click the “View Community Reports” button. This will bring you to a second drop-down list. The specific information dealing with the quality of your tap water can be found under “Tap Water Nutrients and Metals” and “Tap Water Physical Parameters and Major Ions”.

Northwest Territories

http://www.maca.gov.nt.ca/home/for-residents/land-water-waste/drinking-water/drinking-water-quality-database/

Select your community from the drop-down lists at the top of this page. Clicking either “Find Chemical Tests” or “Find Bacteriological Tests” will show a list of tests that have been done for these types of contaminants. You can click on “view results” in the right hand column to see the results of each of these tests.

Saskatchewan

www.saskh2o.ca/MyDrinkingWater.asp

On this page select the “View Water Sample Test Results” option, select your community from the drop-down list and click on “Go”.

On this page you can click on “Current Sampling Requirements” to see the results of the tests that have been done.

YUKON

You can try going to this website: http://yukonwater.ca/monitoring-yukon-water/water-data-catalogue  Unfortunately, Silverlight is old and is not supported by many browsers.

If you can't find your community's drinking water quality test results

If you can't find your community's drinking water quality test results then you can go to http://www.watertoday.ca/ and search for your community in the upper right hand search box. This will inform you of any boil water advisories in your community.

You can also perform an Internet search for your community's water quality test results, they might be available on your city's website.

You could phone your city's/town's water treatment plant or office and ask whether there are water quality test results available to the public and, if not, why they are not available to the public.