A reliable municipal water system benefits the community in many ways.
Protecting public health
An estimated 3 million people die every year from preventable waterborne disease. Water systems in North America allow us to drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety, and without fear of diseases such as cholera and dysentery.
Support for the economy
A safe, reliable water supply is central to the economic success of a community. Tap water is critical to the day-to-day operations of existing businesses and to the viability of new commercial enterprises or residential developments.
Quality of life
Tap water is more than a convenience; it is central to our everyday lives. Any measure of a successful society—low mortality rates, economic diversity, productivity, public safety—is in some way related to access to safe water. Tap water is so intricately part of our lives that we can hardly imagine a day without it.
Private well water
Oxford County encourages residents with private wells to test their water a minimum of three times a year for bacteria and once a year for nitrates and fluoride.
Why you should test
Drinking water contaminated with bacteria or high levels of nitrates can cause health problems. Bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness, including diarrhea. High levels of nitrates can lead to what is called "Blue Baby Syndrome" in infants less than six months of age, affecting the blood’s ability to carry oxygen.
When you should test
You should test your drinking well water for bacteria at least three times a year, or:
- after major plumbing work has been done;
- if you notice changes in water quality, taste, odour, and appearance; or
- after a flood
How to take a sample
Water testing kits are available at Oxford County Public Health at 410 Buller Street in Woodstock free of charge.
Samples should be submitted the same day they are collected. They are sent to the London Public Health lab to be tested for Total Coliforms and E.coli bacteria.
All other tests, including fluoride & nitrates must be done by a private lab. Government of Ontario – List of Licensed Laboratories
Water sample pick up and drop off locations
135 Huron St.
Wed: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Norwich Twp. Office
285767 Airport Rd.
Tues: 8:30 - 10:30am
Alexandra Hospital (Switchboard)
29 Noxon St. Ingersoll
Mon - Thurs: 8 - 8pm
Fri: 8 - 11am
Sindeen Feed & Seed
15 Main St. Princeton
Wed: 8:30 -10:30am
Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital
167 Rolph St.
Mon-Thur: 8am - 8pm
40 Woodstock St. S.
Wed: 3:00 - 5:00pm
312915 Dereham Line
Tues: 8:30 - 11:30am
Public Health & Emergency Services
410 Buller Street, Woodstock
Mon-Thurs: 8:30 - 4:30
Fri: 8:30 - 11:30am
All Township offices have water sample bottles available for pick up only. Please note that water samples must be taken less than 48 hours before being submitted.