In Canada, municipal water is assumed to be potable.
The glossary definition of “potable water” according to the CanadaGAP Food Safety Manuals is:
- Potable water: water that meets the parameters under the Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality (biological parameters are 0 Total Coliforms and 0 E. coli).
Municipal water potability is ensured and maintained by the municipality in Canada. Therefore, testing is not required under the CanadaGAP program unless the water is stored, treated, recycled/recirculated, or used where a test is required from the equipment.
However, in other countries, municipal water potability parameters may not be the same as the CanadaGAP requirements stated above. In these cases, the expectation would be for the municipal water to be tested to ensure it meets the CanadaGAP requirements for potable water.