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Municipal Drinking Water Systems 

The water and sewar section of the Engineering and Public Works Department is responsible for drinking water and sanitary sewage works.


What are the responsibilities of water and sewer operations?

Water and Sewer Operations include:

  • Water and sewage treatment plants
  • Pumping stations
  • Storage facilities
  • Water mains
  • Sewers
  • Fire hydrants
  • In addition to other appurtenances

They must follow the Safe Drinking Water Act to ensure that they supply safe drinking water.


What do they test the water for?

Water and sewer operations test the water for three main components;

  • Microbiological components are monitored at least once a week;
  • Organic/inorganic materials are monitored yearly; and
  • Operational features are monitored hourly.

Microbiological components are bacteria such as E. coli or total coliforms. Organics are related to or derived from living organisms and include chemicals such as pesticides. Inorganic elements are not derived from organic organisms and include mercury and arsenic. For more details please refer to the individual water works reports.


Water treatment

There are nine water treatment plants located within the District Municipality of Muskoka. Reports on the routine monitoring at each plant are provided quarterly.

The municipal water quality reports describe in detail the monitoring results.

These reports detail:

  • Organic parameters sampled
  • Inorganic parameters tested
  • Operational testing completed

Learn more about each of Muskoka's water treatment plants or check out the municipal water quality reports available online.