What do the changes mean for you?
Protecting our drinking water is one of many ways we support healthy communities.
Peel's drinking water is regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 and governed by the Water Bylaw, first approved by Regional Council in 1973. Regional Council recently approved some updates to the Water Bylaw. It became effective April 1, 2017.
- How can you support the new Water Bylaw?
- Do not plant trees or shrubs, or place any objects within 1 metre (approx. 3 feet) of a fire hydrant. This ensures that the hydrant is clearly visible and easily accessible for fire and emergency services.
- Do not paint or decorate a fire hydrant. Fire hydrants (including the body, caps and top) are painted using a specific colour coding system that enables firefighters and water operators to identify the available fire flow.
- Do not block your water meter inside your home. Keep it accessible for proper billing and emergency shut-offs to prevent basement flooding.
Report suspected water theft by calling the Region at 905-791-7800. All temporary connections to the Region of Peel's drinking water system must be authorized. Suspicious connections to fire hydrants by unauthorised water hauling trucks should be reported to prevent damage to the water infrastructure and keep our water supply safe and free of contamination.
Other ways the new Water Bylaw will help to prevent, control, and minimize potential threats to the water system that could cause water quality issues include:
- Enhanced enforcement requirements and penalties for water bylaw violations ranging from $250 to $750
- Protecting Peel's water infrastructure by allowing only authorized water connections and water use (i.e. fire hydrants, pipes, valves, reservoirs and pumping stations)
If you have any questions about Peel's water quality please contact the Region's Water Quality and Compliance staff at 905-791-7800, ext. 4685, or email WaterQualityInquiries@peelregion.ca.