Date: December 14, 2017

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Safe Water

Drinking Water

Recreational Water


Recreational Water

This page was reviewed or revised on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 3:28 PM

Recreational use of water offers benefits to health and well-being; however, if the water is polluted or unsafe, it can cause adverse health effects.

 Recreational water facilities include:

In Ontario, health units provide mandatory recreational water safety to the public to prevent and reduce water-borne illness and injury.

Lambton Public Health's public health inspectors (PHIs):

  • Conduct inspections of public pools and public spas (hot tubs)
  • Conduct inspections of wading pools and splash pads
  • Monitor water quality and safety of public beaches
  • Follow up on complaints about recreational water facilities
  • Investigate reports of water-borne illnesses
  • Educate recreational water facility owners / operators on importance of maintaining clean and safe waters

Here are links to legislation, regulations, and guidelines related to recreational water:

  1. O. Reg. 565 (Public Pools) under the HPPA
  2. O. Reg. 428/05 (Public Spas) under the HPPA
  3. R.S.O 1990, Chapter H.7, S 1(1), Health Protection and Promotion Act
  4. Operating Procedures for Non-Regulated Recreational Water Facilities Guidance Document, April 2010