How Safe is Your Drinking Water?


The long weekend in May is the beginning of the camping season for many. Algoma Public Health is reminding campers to get their drinking water tested.

Public health inspector Nicole Lindahl says getting your water tested regularly is important to prevent illness.

“We’re all about prevention. We want to prevent people from getting sick.”

One person could drink contaminated water and be completely fine, whereas an elderly family member or young child could become ill from it.

Lindahl explained the testing process – which she says is easy – and FREE!

It works like so:

1.Bottles can be picked up at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Health Lab (located at 160 McDougald Street) or at any Algoma Public Health office.

2.Follow the instructions located on the bottle.

3.Take your bottled water sample to the public health lab for testing. If your water is unsuitable to drink, someone from the health unit will help troubleshoot the problem(s), either in person or via telephone.

Lindahl encourages long weekend campers to bring an alternate source of drinking water until they can have their campsite water tested.

She reminds people that, although a water source such as a lake or spring may look clean, it could be contaminated with animal feces.

“Lakes and springs are animal outhouses. Even if it looks clean, there could be (feces).”


  1. I don’t know how safe it is here in town but it sure tastes and smells a lot like a swimming pool, still. I have likely spent $1500 on bottled water and Brita filters by now. The PUC should be paying everyone back for this as it is their screw up all the way.

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