Municipal Drinking Water License 

The Ontario Government has implemented a Municipal Drinking Water Licensing Program, based on recommendations by Justice Dennis O’Conner, in Part Two of the Report of the Walkerton Inquiry. In order to obtain a License, the City as an Owner of a municipal residential drinking-water system must have the following rudiments in place:

1. Drinking Water Works Permit

A permit describing current water system infrastructure and future alterations or upgrades to the water system.

2. Permit to Take Water

A permit to take 50,000 L or more of source water per day

3. Operational Plan

A plan prepared in accordance with the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS) developed by the Minstry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

Click to visit Drinking Water Quality Management Standard page for more information

4. Accredited Operating Authority

A comprehensive audit and periodic review of the Operational Plan by an independent certified accreditation body appointed by the province.

5. Financial Plan

A long-term strategic plan developed to ensure the financial sustainability of the drinking water system.

A Financial Plan was prepared in accordance with the requirements of Ontario Regulation 453/07 in the spring of 2015.

Click to visit the Financial Plan section for more information