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Updated 2017/7/18
Holiday Water Report 2017



HOLIDAY WATER REPORT 2017
ONTARIO PARKS, LODGES AND CAMPGROUNDS


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By Ronan O'Doherty


Lake country in Ontario is one of the most frequented holiday spots across Canada. For those escaping the oppressive heat of the city, little beats sitting dockside on a beautiful lake with forests as far as the eye can see.

With so much fresh water, it might be assumed that drinking water wouldn't be an issue worth worrying about, however, holiday goers in the province should still be quite cautious with what they drink.

Ontario does not report the water advisories on small non-municipal water systems quite as meticulously as provinces such as British Columbia and Manitoba. Only three health units within the province post detailed advisories: North Western Health Unit; Eastern Ontario Health Unit and Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

That's not to say those small water systems found in RV Parks, campgrounds and lodges aren't kept track of however. Ontario's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has some fairly rigid guidelines for the owners/ managers of the systems.

They must ensure that:

    1) The system's water meets Ontario's Drinking Water Quality Standards

    2) Anyone who operates or works on their drinking water system is properly trained and certified

    3) Drinking water tests are done by licensed, accredited laboratories

    4) Adverse test results are reported to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the local medical officer of health
The province's provincial parks do report their advisories; however they don't provide much information on why the advisories are being placed in the first place. A parks representative was able to help fill in some of the blanks but some advisories were still left unexplained.

Below is a list of the parks, lodges and RV Parks that have been reported as under advisory in the province:

Aaron Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - No Reason Provided

Algonquin Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - No Reason Provided - In effect for sanitation station at km39, Canisbay Campground and Brent Campground

Biscotasi Lake Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - No Reason Provided

Curran - Whispering Pines Cookhouse - Boil Water Advisory - 9/30/2015 - No Reason Provided

Dorset - Muskoka All Season Resort - Boil Water Advisory - 10/1/2015 - No Reason Provided

Easker Lakes Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - No Reason Provided

Fushimi Lake Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 6/6/2017 - No Reason Provided

Hiawatha - Hiawatha Park Campground - Boil Water Advisory - 7/7/2008 - No Reason Provided

Iroquois - Doran Bay Resort - Boil Water Advisory - 5/14/2015 - No Reason Provided

Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - System Upgrade

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - No Reason Provided

Lake Superior Provincial Park - Rabbit Blanket Lake Campground - Boil Water Advisory - 6/6/2017 - Water System Issues

MacLeod Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - Elevated Bacteria Counts

Morrisburg - Pre-Historic World - Boil Water Advisory - 7/22/2010 - No Reason Provided

Murphy's Point Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 6/10/2017 - Main Water Line break

Nagagamisis Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - Total Coliform

Orillia - Meadows End Trailer Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/11/2017 - No Reason Provided

Rene Brunelle Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - System In Need Of Upgrades

Rondeau Provincial Park - Visitor Centre - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - No Reason Provided

Sioux Narrows Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - System Start-Up

The Massassauga Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - Back Country Public Information Directive

Tyendinaga Mohawk of Bay of Quinte - MBQ Trailer Park - Boil Water Advisory - 6/6/2008 - No Reason Provided

Warkworth - Salt Creek Golf Links - Boil Water Advisory - 7/8/2016 - No Reason Provided

White Lake Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 5/19/2017 - System Upgrade

Windy Lake Provincial Park - Boil Water Advisory - 6/30/2017 - Elevated Baterial Counts












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