Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada


Drinking Water

Public Drinking Water Supplies

A “public drinking water supply” means a water supply system, including any source, intake, treatment, storage, transmission or distribution, that provides water used for human consumption and that

  1. has at least 15 service connections,
  2. regularly serves 25 or more persons per day for at least 60 days of the year, or
  3. serves any of the following for at least 60 days of the year:
  1. a day care facility licensed in accordance with the Day Care Act,
  2. a food establishment that requires an eating establishment permit or seasonal eating establishment permit under the Food Safety Regulations made under the Health Protection Act;
  3. a commercial property for the accommodation of the travelling or vacationing public comprising land used for camping or for overnight parking of recreational vehicles or containing a separate building or buildings containing at least 1 room to be used as an alternate form of accommodation in a campground,
  4. a commercial property for the accommodation of the travelling or vacationing public containing more than 4 rental units, including cottages or cabins;

"Water used for human consumption” includes water used for drinking, bathing, showering, oral hygiene, cooking, food preparation or dishwashing.

General Information

Water Testing

Public drinking water supplies are required to use an approved laboratory for water quality testing. To be approved, a laboratory must meet the requirements of the "Policy on Acceptable Certification of LaboratoriesPDF Download Link (PDF:248k)".

Types of Public Drinking Water Supplies

There are two types of public drinking water supplies: registered water supplies and municipal water supplies. There are approximately 1600 registered public drinking water supplies and 85 municipal water supplies in Nova Scotia.