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Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS)

In the interest of public communication please review the City of Belleville's:

Introduction to QMS (Quality Management Standard)

The Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS) has been developed collaboratively by the Ministry of Environment, Quality Management System Experts, and Water Industry Stakeholders, in response to Justice O’Connor’s recommendations from Part 2 of the Walkerton Inquiry Report. The Standard has been developed specific to the needs of the drinking water community in Ontario.

The Walkerton Inquiry Report states: “The purpose of the quality management approach in the context of drinking water is to protect public health by achieving consistent good practice in managing and operating a water system. The hallmarks of this approach include:

  • the adoption of best practices and continual improvement;
  • real-time process control (e.g., the continuous monitoring of turbidity, chlorine residual, and disinfectant contact time) wherever feasible;
  • the effective operation of robust multi barriers to protect public health;
  • preventative rather than strictly reactive strategies to identify and manage risk to public health, and;
  • effective leadership.”

This Operational Plan describes how the City of Belleville meets or exceeds the requirements of the Ministry of the Environment prescribed standard (DWQMS) and is applicable to the management and operation of those works described in Section 6.

Drinking Water QMS Policy

The City of Belleville is committed to supply safe drinking water to all of its consumers and commits to operating in a manner that consistently meets all applicable legislative and regulatory requirements.

  • To achieve these goals the City of Belleville commits to:
  • Monitoring and testing of water to meet current regulatory requirements
  • Providing training to operators
  • Providing financial and human resources
  • Instituting policies and procedures
  • Maintaining memberships in industry support organizations
  • Resource stewardship through effective operation
  • Communicating with the consumer

The City of Belleville will establish and maintain a Drinking Water Quality Management System that will be regularly reviewed and continuously improved by management and employees involved in the supply of drinking water.

The QMS will be utilized by the City to effectively minimize and manage any potential risks to drinking water quality and safety.

City of Belleville and Pointe Anne residents may obtain information and contact information regarding the protection of the municipal drinking water sources at  Protecting Our Drinking Water Sources.  


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Combined - Belleville/Point Anne Water Treatment Plants - 2012 Annual Report

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Belleville Water Treatment Plant - 2008 Annual Report

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