Drinking water systems in Ontario
Ontario’s drinking water system legislation, the Safe Drinking Water Act, came into force in 2002. Under this legislation, nearly all drinking water systems that provide potable water to the public are required to take measures to mitigate risks to human health. The compliance requirements for a regulated drinking water system depend upon the characteristics and classification of the system as prescribed in the regulations.
Requirements of the regulations include:
- Scheduled operational checks, microbiological testing and chemical testing.
- Compliance with the applicable standards for minimum level of treatment.
- Currency of Certificates of Approval.
- Scheduled annual report submissions.
- Appropriately trained personnel to operate the system.
- Certification of systems by a professional engineer.
- Preparation of operational plans for the system.
- Preparation and approval of financial plans for the system.
- Application for a drinking-water works permit and a municipal drinking-water license.
Cambium Environmental provides drinking water system compliance programs to public and private sector clients to satisfy a complete range of service requirements. Contact us to speak with one of our qualified staff members to discuss your drinking water circumstances and learn how we can eliminate uncertainties and provide you with practical solutions that are tailored to your specific needs.
Wastewater system evaluation and design
Cambium Environmental has the experience and expertise necessary to successfully develop wastewater treatment solutions appropriate for the site-specific constraints and challenges faced by our clients in both the public and private sectors. The scope of services available include:
- Hydrogeological investigation of shallow groundwater conditions, soil type and structure.
- Determination of soil attenuation or receiving waters assimilation capacity.
- Environmental constraints, inventories, and baselines.
- Regulatory liaison.
- System design.
- Analysis of leaching bed soil characteristics.
- “As-built” drawings.
- System installation supervision and certification.
- Re-inspection and evaluation of existing systems.
- System upgrades or expansions.
- Compliance monitoring.
- Site remediation.
Understand your risk
Wastewater systems pose a risk to water resources. This risk is mainly influenced by:
- Proximity to a water source.
- Local groundwater vulnerability.
- Height, fluctuations and flow direction of the groundwater table.
- Type of treatment system and quality of effluent.
- Operational procedures and operator knowledge.
- Condition and age of the system components.