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COVID-19 status

  • Ottawa’s tap water is safe. Our water purification plants effectively handle all viruses, including COVID-19, by chlorine disinfection and other physical and chemical processes. We are continuously analyzing and monitoring the water disinfection process.
  • To ensure the completion of lead sampling during the COVID-19 response, water quality testing for lead has resumed using a modified procedure to avoid the need for in-home visits. Your request will be added to a sampling queue and you will be contacted when sampling in your area is going to take place. All other in-home water quality testing services continue to be suspended until further notice. Requestors will be contacted to discuss their concerns. If a visit is required, the request will be held and the requestor will be contacted when in-home water quality testing services resume.

Drinking water resources for teachers and educators

The following are downloadable drinking water activity sheets for teachers and educators:

Interested in finding out more?

Invite the Water Services outreach team to provide a presentation about Ottawa’s tap water to your school or community group! All presentations are subject to audience size and outreach team availability.


Use this map to find City of Ottawa operated water fountains available to the public.

To report any issues or concerns regarding a drinking water fountain please contact 3-1-1.