The Township of Wellington North is the Owner and Operating Authority of the Arthur Drinking Water System and the Mount Forest Drinking Water System. Both systems operate under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 and it's applicable regulations.
The Arthur Drinking Water System is comprised of three groundwater wells, two pumphouses, two elevated storage tanks and a water distribution system.
The Mount Forest Drinking Water System is comprised of four groundwater wells, four pumphouses, a standpipe and a water distribution system
For Your Information
The Township of Wellington North has developed and implemented a Quality Management System (QMS) for the Arthur Drinking Water System and Mount Forest Drinking Water System in accordance with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) mandated Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS). The DWQMS consists of 21 elements that are fundamental to ensuring the long-term sustainability of a drinking water system.
The Township of Wellington North has prepared an Operational Plan outlining its QMS and QMS Policy. This Operation Plan has been endorsed by the Owner and Top Management of the drinking water systems. QMS Policy and Endorsement (PDF)
The Operational Plan is available for public viewing at the Township's Municipal Office upon request or by emailing Sara McDougall, Process Compliance Analyst or calling (519) 848-3620 ext. 4628.
The Township of Wellington North falls under jurisdiction of three Conservation Authorities, each with a different Source Protection Plan (SPP). Maitland Valley, Saugeen Valley and Grand River. The Maitland Watershed encompasses portions of the Township of Wellington North, only general education programs apply for this SPP. Saugeen Valley SPP applies to the Town of Mount Forest and Grand River SPP applies to the Town of Arthur. All plans are currently in effect.
The Township of Wellington North Water Operators maintain fire hydrants in Arthur and Mount Forest as they are apart of our water infrastructure. Hydrants are inspected annually and are repainted as needed. Hydrants are Township property and are to be operated only by Township staff.
Hydrant flushing is completed during the warmer months, usually April until November, by Township Water Operators. Flushing helps improve water quality by clearing out iron and other mineral deposits from the watermains as well as ensuring adequate chlorine is distributed throughout the water distribution system. For detailed information / scheduling of hydrant flushing, please see the fire hydrant flushing notice (PDF).
Hydrants help save lives in the event of a fire. The Township requests your assistance in keeping hydrants visible and accessible. Do NOT plant bushes and shrubs to hide them. Try to trim any existing shrubs to make them visible. Do NOT pile snow around a hydrant.
Rural residents who maintain their own water system may be interested in testing their private well to determine water quality.Image
Please contact Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health for information on where to obtain water sample bottles and testing locations.
Visit the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website for details.
Please note that private rural wells are not covered under the Township's drinking water systems, therefore the Township will not be involved with sampling private wells.
The Township of Wellington North is required to prepare an Annual and Summary Report for the period of January 1st to December 31st for each year. This report is a compilation of information to demonstrate the on-going provision of safe, consistent supply of high-quality drinking water to customers located within the Township of Wellington North (Arthur and Mount Forest) and satisfies the regulatory requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002. The most current report is posted on this website.
The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) complete annual inspections of the Arthur Drinking Water System and the Mount Forest Drinking Water System. Results of these inspections are detailed in the inspection reports. The most current reports are posted on this website.