Quality Management System Policy
The County of Brant is committed to providing its consumers a safe drinking water
supply that meets the requirements of all applicable legislation. We are committed to the implementation, maintenance and continual
improvement of the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard. The County shall require the principles of the Quality Management
System in the operation, design and construction of the County's Drinking Water Systems be followed.
Water and Wastewater Rate Structure 2014
County of Brant Operational Plan
Click here for Watering Restrictions
The County of Brant’s Water Division is located in the County
Administrative Building. The Water Division reports to County Council via the County of
Brant’s Environmental Services Committee.
The County of Brant Water Division operates five waterworks. For a complete
description of each system please see the Annual Reports.
Water Meter FAQ
- Where is my water meter located?
- How do I read my water meter?
- How do I know if my water meter is reading properly?
- How can I check to see if I have any leaks in my home?
Note: If your question is not listed above, please call Water Division
at 449-2451 or 1-888-250-2295.
Where is my water meter located?
Water meters will generally be near your shut off valve located in the
basement or crawl space. It could also be located near the hot water
How do I read my water meter?
On the face of your meter, you should see numbers inside a rectangle.
Similar to an automobile odometer, read the number from left to right
including all zeros in front.
How do I know if my water meter is reading
Should your recorded water use change suddenly for no obvious reason
(lawn watering, more people in the home, away for a long period of
time), report this to Brant County Power Billing Office so that it
can be investigated.
How can I check to see if I have any leaks in
If you suspect you may have a leak, turn off any water consuming
appliances inside and outside of your home. Read your meter. If
the test dial
(triangle) on your meter is spinning, water is flowing through
the meter. You may
also want to monitor your meter reads overnight. Take a reading
before you go to bed and a reading first thing in the morning before
use any water. If the numbers have changed, this would indicate
is a leak somewhere in your home. Remember that toilets are the
number one cause of leak!
Report leaks at the water meter promptly to
the County of Brant Water Division.
Water Quality FAQ
- Where does my drinking water come
- How often is my water tested?
- Is chorine added to my drinking water?
- Is there fluoride in my drinking
- Why is my water a yellow or rusty colour?
- If I have concerns about unusual
taste, odour or colour of my drinking water, where can I have it
- I have a private well and I have questions on my test results where
can I call?
Note: If your question is not listed above, please call Water
Division at 449-2451 or 1-888-250-2295.
Where does my
drinking water come from?
How often is my water tested?
- Samples from all wells are collected for bacteriological analysis
one day per week on both the treated and raw water.
- Inorganic and organic
testing is done on a quarterly basis. This includes all parameters
required by the Ontario Drinking Water Standards (ODWS).
A copy of the ODWS may be found at www.ontario.ca/ministry-environment. (Off Site)
system samples are collected once a week by the County of Brant
Water Division staff from approximately fifty (50) locations.
Chlorine levels in the distribution system are measured at the
time of sample collection. The samples are analyzed for Total Coliform,
Coli and Background Count on Total Coliform
Is Chorine added to my drinking water?
In order to ensure your water is protected from harmful bacteria and
other microorganisms, safe effective levels of disinfectant (chlorine)
are added to the water distribution system.
Disinfecting with chlorine
is effective in killing germs and provides critical protection for
our consumers. Because chlorine will naturally
disappear from your water within a few hours, you may want to put an
open container of tap water in your refrigerator overnight.
Is there fluoride in my drinking water?
County of Brant only uses fluoride in the Paris Well System. Hydrofluosilicic
acid is precisely metered into the water so as to raise the natural
fluoride concentration to approximately 0.5 - 0.8 parts per million
(ppm). This is helpful in preventing dental caries (tooth decay).
Why is my water a yellow or rusty colour?
Water main repairs, construction and other maintenance work in your
area can cause some rust and scale products which normally adhere
to the inside
of the water mains to break away. This sediment disturbance may cause
water to appear dirty. Open fire hydrants can also cause this temporary
inconvenience. Though this discoloured water is safe to drink, it is
unappealing, and it can stain your laundry. If this condition occurs
in your system, allow a cold water tap to run for five or ten minutes
until the water clears. If the condition persists, call our Water Division.
If I have concerns about unusual taste, odour or colour of my drinking
water, who can I call?
If the homeowner obtains their water from the municipal system and
they wish to speak to someone in regards to water quality, contact
of Brant Water Division.
If the homeowner obtains their water from
a private well contact the Brant County Health Unit at 753-4937.
I have a private
well and I have questions on my test results where can I call?
contact the Brant County Health Unit at 753-4937.
Water Distribution FAQ
- Who do I need to contact to have my water turned off/on?
- I have
low water flow or poor water pressure. Who should I contact?
- When can I water my lawn?
- Are there any time restrictions on
the days that I am permitted to water my lawn?
- How do I report
a property owner who is watering their lawn on a non-watering
- Who will repair any damages resulting from watermain
- Who do I contact for watermain locates
and service connection locates within the County Road Allowance?
: If your question is not listed above or to report a watermain break,
please contact the County
of Brant Water
Who do I need to contact to have my water turned
If there is an internal problem such as a broken water pipe in your
home or building, you can shut the water off at the main shut-off
valve usually located in the basement. If the shut-off valve is broken
or you are unable to turn it off, contact the County of Brant Water
Division to shut off the water at the curb side. It is the homeowner’s
responsibility to repair the inside shut off valve..
I have low water flow or poor water pressure. Who should I contact?
Temporary low pressure can be caused by heavy water use in your area
such as lawn watering, a water main break, a fire hydrant in use,
etc. Permanent low pressure could be caused by the location of
your home - on a hill or far from the pumping station. Your home
could also have undersized pipes, or the pipes may have a lot of
scale in them. To report any permanent drop in water pressure or
to have your water pressure checked, contact the County of Brant
When can I water my lawn?
The County By-Law restricts lawn and garden watering to every other
day. Even-numbered municipal addresses are permitted to water on
even-numbered days. Odd-numbered municipal addresses are permitted
to water on odd-numbered days.
Are there any time restrictions on the days that I am permitted
to water my lawn?
Please check out our Notice Section for watering restriction information.
Currently we have a by-law in place to restrict water use in the
How do I report a property owner who is watering their lawn on
a non-watering day?
To report any violations with regard to watering restrictions, please contact the County of Brant By-law Enforcement Department at 519-449-2451, 1-888-250-2295 or by email.
Who will repair any damages resulting from watermain repair
The Water Division will repair any sidewalk or driveway damaged
by our personnel. Damaged lawn areas will be re-seeded. If you
are not satisfied with the restoration, please contact our Water
Who do I contact for watermain locates within the County Road Allowance?
Call the County of Brant
More information about the water and wastewater rates
can be found
If you have questions regarding the municipal water and wastewater
systems (meter maintenance, service connections, main locates, water
quality, water rates, etc), please contact the Public Works Department
at 449-2451 or 1-888-250-2295.
Should you have specific questions regarding billings and collections
for water and wastewater, please contact Brant County Power at 442-2215.
- Water & Wastewater Rate Study
2013 Annual Reports (PDF)
Archived Annual Reports (ZIP of PDF documents)