In Ontario, there are certain standards that drinking water must meet in order for it to be safe to drink.
A reliable municipal water system benefits the community in many ways. The provincial government, through the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, regulates these systems to ensure water safety and quality.
Protecting public health
An estimated 3 million people die every year from preventable waterborne disease. Water systems in North America allow us to drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety, and without fear of diseases such as cholera and dysentery.
Support for the economy
A safe, reliable water supply is central to the economic success of a community. Tap water is critical to the day-to-day operations of existing businesses and to the viability of new commercial enterprises or residential developments.
Quality of life
Tap water is more than a convenience; it is central to our everyday lives. Any measure of a successful society—low mortality rates, economic diversity, productivity, public safety—is in some way related to access to safe water. Tap water is so intricately part of our lives that we can hardly imagine a day without it.