The Township of Springwater works with Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) to safely and efficiently maintain our water systems. Read our Multi-Facility Operational Plan for details on operating practices.
2018 reporting on drinking water systems
Monitoring and testing
Severn Sound Environmental Association, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks work together to monitor and test Orr Lake and contributing watersheds in our region. Visit their websites for reports and more information.
Clearing discoloured water
Minerals naturally found in groundwater or from the corrosion of older iron pipes is usually the cause of discoloured water. These minerals can be disturbed during fire hydrant maintenance or when OCWA flushes water mains for Township-operated water systems. To clear it from your water line, run the cold water tap in your home for five minutes. Report persistent issues to the OCWA (Georgian Highlands Regional Hub) at 705-429-2525.
To be sure your drinking water is safe you should test your well water at least three times per year. Pick up and drop off water sample bottles at a Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit office (except Orillia and 80 Bradford Street in Barrie). Public health inspectors can help interpret your results and provide guidance on any corrective action needed.