Drinking Water

Huron-Kinloss Drinking Water Systems

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is awaiting approval of its Drinking Water Quality Management System as established to meet the requirements of the Municipal Drinking Water Licensing Program and the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Included in this process is the development of Operational Plans for each of the four municipal water systems, which are maintained by Veolia Water Canada.  The four systems, Lakeshore, Lucknow, Ripley and Whitechurch, pump water from groundwater sources.

Weekly water test results, as well as annual reports for the Huron-Kinloss water systems can be viewed at the Municipal Office during regular business hours.  Also, the annual reports for previous years are on the right-hand side of this page.

Sample results from the H-K water systems indicate the presence of Sodium Chloride and Fluoride.  Sodium Chloride is a common non-toxic material naturally present in groundwater and produces a detectable salty taste.  Some systems contain higher than the Maximum Acceptable Concentration (MAC).  If a resident is on a sodium-restricted diet or has concerns regarding health issues, they should contact their physician or the local health unit.  Fluoride is also naturally occurring in groundwater and while small amounts are considered to be protective against tooth decay, excessive levels may lead to dental fluorosis.  If you have any concerns, contact your dentist or the local health unit.

The Huron-Kinloss water systems supply naturally occurring hard water.  If you have a concern, contact your local plumber about the possible use of a water softener.

Water Shut Off/Turned On - When opening or closing a cottage for the season, weekend or rental period, please contact us one to two business days prior to requesting your curb stop be shut off or turned on.

Water/Sewer Locate Requests - For locates requests, please call Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 or visit the website at www.on1call.com.  Locates will be handled within five business days of receipt.

Discoloured Water - If you are experiencing discoloured water, please flush your system by opening an outside tap and running for at least 20 minutes or until the water clears.  If it does not clear, call our office at 519-395-3735 if it is during regular business hours or the emergency line at 1-866-299-5199 for after hour calls.

Hydrant Flushing – The hydrants are flushed routinely in the spring and fall as an ongoing part of water system management, and may also be flushed from time to time to address localized concerns.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Any persons requiring the use of a fire hydrant must first obtain permission from the Township and use a backflow prevention device during operation.

Emergency Situations - The after hours emergency line at 1-866-299-5199 (long distance) is for emergencies only.  Routine curb stop turnoff and turn on, locate requests for pre-planned work and discoloured water at a location that is not used frequently are not emergency situations.  For these issues, please call 519-395-3735 during regular business hours – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Township highly recommends that all residents install back flow prevention devices on all outside taps.

The Township has adopted a Lawn Watering By-law.  The purpose of the by-law is to provide property owners with ample opportunity in which to water lawns and gardens, while helping to preserve the Township’s water supply and minimize peak demands. This by-law can be found on the right hand side of this page.

Drinking Water Quality Management Standard - All municipal water systems in the province of Ontario are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, and required to implement and maintain all water systems to a quality management standard.  For details on the Huron-Kinloss Quality Management Standard policy and operational plans please refer to the document listing on the right-hand side of this page.

Huronville Residents - Kincardine Water System

Properties in the subdivision of Huronville from the east side of Penetangore Row easterly are connected to the Kincardine Water System.

The Municipality of Kincardine has implemented a Quality Management System (QMS) for all the water systems that they operate.  The Huronville Subdivision Distribution QMS Policy and Operational Plan can be found on the right-hand side of this page.