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Water Safety

Drinking water containing harmful bacteria can make you sick. These bacteria can give you stomach cramps and/or diarrhea, as well as other problems.

Water with these bacteria is unsafe to drink. The only way to make sure your water supply is safe to drink is to test it regularly. Testing for bacteria is done free. Sample bottles are available in Peterborough at the Regional Public Health Laboratory and at Peterborough Public Health.

If you want to know more about private wells, you can check out our information package for owners of private wells – “How Well Is Your Well?”

For more information on test your drinking water or to speak with a Public Health Inspector, call Peterborough Public Health.

Water samples can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Municipality of Trent Lakes Administration Office, 760 County Road 36, Trent Lakes ON  K0M 1A0 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township Office at 1 Ottawa St., Havelock from Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Township of North Kawartha, 280 Burleigh St., Apsley on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
  • Peterborough Public Health, 185 King St., Peterborough, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays.
  • Public Health Ontario Laboratory at 99 Hospital Drive between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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