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Winnipeg's drinking water quality

Public Water System Operating Licence and annual audit report

Manitoba Health and Manitoba Water Stewardship regulate the quality of our drinking water using the Manitoba Drinking Water Safety Act Icon indicating a link which will open up a new browser window and take you to a Web site outside of the City of Winnipeg's Web site and the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality Icon indicating a link which will open up a new browser window and take you to a Web site outside of the City of Winnipeg's Web site.

The Province's Office of Drinking Water issues an operating licence for our water system. They also perform an annual compliance audit which provides details of the licensing requirements and the water system performance in regard to the terms and conditions set out in the operating licence.

We test our water each step of the way, from Shoal Lake to the tap, to ensure safe, high-quality drinking water. Because water quality is so important, we do more testing than the provincial government requires.

Occasionally, test results for some locations don't meet a drinking water quality standard. In these cases, we take corrective action immediately (e.g., retesting the water) to ensure our water remains safe.

We will inform Winnipeg residents immediately if there is ever a water quality problem that could affect public health.

If you would like more information on Winnipeg's water, check out the other information on our web site or contact us.

Last updated: November 22, 2019

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