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Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan :: Healthy Bay, Healthy Community

Beneficial Use Impairment #9

BUI #9 - Restrictions on drinking water or taste and odour problems

Status - Restored - July 2020

Announcement July 20, 2020 - Press release

Final report

Drinking water in the Bay of Quinte is meeting all the Ontario drinking water quality standards for treated drinking water. 

What is the process to get clean drinking water to your tap?

In 2014,  a municipal drinking water taste and odour survey was completed. The majority of people were satisfied  with the quality of their drinking water.

Criteria and Supporting Evidence

1. Based on Ontario Drinking Water Surveillance Program (DWSP) & other available relevant field measures of T&O compounds in raw water from the Bay of Quinte, record in no more than 20% of samples per year (e.g. 1 in 5), for the past three years, a concentration of greater than the odour threshold concentration (OTC) for algal/bacterial T&O compounds (geosmin, MIB) in raw water from the upper and middle Bay of Quinte. Not Impaired

2. Compared to the results of the 2004 XCG survey of taste & odour complaints for municipal drinking water in the Bay of Quinte, demonstrate no increase in taste and odour complaints related to source water quality in the Picton, Belleville, Deseronto and Bayside drinking water supplies. Not Impaired

3. For a period of the past five consecutive years at the Belleville, Picton, Deseronto and Bayside water treatment plants, all health related water quality parameters, including E. coli and microcystin-LR in treated drinking water as measured by and recorded in databases for the Ontario Drinking Water Surveillance Program (ODWSP) and Ontario Drinking Water Information System (ODWIS) have concentrations equal to or less than their Maximum Acceptable Concentration (MAC) for the specified water quality parameter. Not Impaired

If you rely on a private well for your drinking water, it is your job to be well aware – to understand the basics of well maintenance and operation, and to take the necessary actions to keep your water wells in safe running order.

Well Aware


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BQRAP Annual Report 2020

Healthy Soils Check-up Program - Farmers you could be eligible for FREE soil testing. More Info...

Landowner Stewardship Programs - Check out all the funding programs Here.....

Septic Stewardship Program... More Info  Find out if you are eligible for a free septic tank pump out and up to 80% cost sharing for minor repairs.

A Summer of Science on the Bay. Follow as we highlight our partner agencies' summer monitoring.

1. Quinte Conservation

2. Environment and Climate Change Canada (EC)

3. Coastal Wetland Monitoring

4. EC and Canadian Centre for Inland Waters

5. Fisheries and Oceans Canada

6. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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Project Quinte 2017 Report
A multi-agency research and monitoring program for the Bay of Quinte

Ontario's Great Lakes Strategy - More here

Great Lakes Protection Act Here

Quinte Area Bird Report The Quinte Area Bird Report is updated weekly. Read more....