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About Tap Water in Peel

Water in rural Caledon

In the rural parts of Caledon, water is provided to homeowners through a well-based system where the source of the water is groundwater, rather than Lake Ontario.

Groundwater, which exists beneath the earth's surface in underground aquifers, is drawn using one of 14 municipal wells and treated at one of five small-scale water treatment plants in Caledon. These wells are Regionally-owned and operated and are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Municipal Wells in Caledon

To improve treatment and aesthetics, (such as taste and clarity) well-based systems have been improved with the following upgrades:

  1. Advanced water treatment using ultraviolet (UV) disinfection
  2. New chlorine contact chambers for enhanced disinfection
  3. Green sand filters for iron removal, to reduce staining in sinks, tubs and toilets
  4. New watermains to increase water supply to some communities (Alton, Caledon East, Caledon Village, Cheltenham, Inglewood, and Palgrave)

Peel's well-based water system follows similar treatment, distribution, maintenance and testing practices as the lake-based system.

Additionally, in the 1990s, Peel became one of the first municipalities in Ontario to establish a Wellhead Protection Area Program. This program identifies and protects areas that replenish municipal wells. This helps guard against sources of contamination and maintains a high-quality water supply. Using the Wellhead Protection Area Program, the Region manages the quality of water flowing towards the wells.

Learn more about how you can help protect your drinking water.

Private wells in Caledon

If your water comes from a private well, Peel Public Health provides services to help you make sure it is safe to drink, such as information on how to test your well for bacteria. Visit Private Well Owner Responsibilities for information about maintaining your private well.



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