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Municipal Owned Drinking Water Supply Systems

In 2007, as part of the Municipal Drinking Water Licensing Program, the Ministry of Environment released Regulation 453/07 that requires the preparation of a Financial Plan for all municipal drinking water systems. The Municipality of Trent Lakes has prepared this Financial Plan in accordance with the Regulation and has approved the Plan prior to the September 1, 2013 submission deadline.

The Municipality of Trent Lakes owns and operates two (2) large Drinking Water Supply Systems. One is for the Buckhorn Lake Estates subdivision, and the other provides water to the Alpine Lake and Pirates Glen subdivisions.

The Municipal Drinking Water Supply Systems are managed under contract by the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), who perform daily water testing, and supervise the pumphouses and distribution supplies.

Water Restrictions for Trent Lakes Water Supply Systems
B2016-065 Watering Regulations By-Law

2019 Alpine Village Pirates Glen Annual Report
2019 Buckhorn Lake Estates Annual Report

Information for Private Well Owners

Peterborough Public Health recommends testing private wells three to four times a year to prevent health risks.

Water testing bottles for private well owners are available in the lobby of the Municipal Administration office during regular office hours. Be sure to read the instructions included with each kit carefully. Samples are time sensitive.

Due to the courier pick up and delivery schedule, test sample bottles should be brought to the Municipal office on Tuesday or Thursday before 10 a.m. Completed samples should be placed in the water sample fridge located beside the Building & Planning reception desk.

Peterborough Public Health arranged a courier service to pick up the samples from the Municipality of Trent Lakes office and deliver them to the Public Health Laboratory, located at 99 Hospital Drive, where the samples are tested.

Water samples can also be dropped off at Peterborough Public Health between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays. You can also continue to drop off samples directly to the Hospital Drive lab itself (between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.).

The well water testing service is available at no charge to all residents and cottagers in Trent Lakes through a program with Peterborough Public Health.

Well water samples are tested for two types of bacterial contamination: total coliforms and E. coli. The presence of E. coli indicates the water has been contaminated with fecal material, which can contain disease-causing microbes. These organisms can cause severe gastrointestinal illness. Anyone can become ill if they consume contaminated water, but the young, elderly, and immuno-compromised are at a higher risk.

You will receive water quality results by mail or you can call Public Health Ontario’s Interactive Voice Response at 1-877-723-3426. If you have questions about water quality test results, you can call the Peterborough Public Health’s Safe Water Program at 705-743-1000, ext. 232, for a free consultation.

To find out how to test for contaminants other than total coliforms and E. coli, contact Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000, ext. 232 or visit

Drinking water drop-off every Tuesday and Thursday by 10 a.m.

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