The Water distribution system for the Town of LaSalle is provided through the Public Works Department. The principals and objectives for the water distribution system is set out in the Town's Drinking Water Quality Management System.

Should a problem continue, please call the Public Works Department between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 519-969-4143. In the event of a water emergency after hours, the phone will be answered by the Police Dispatch Center.

Water Rates are reviewed and approved on an annual basis at budget deliberations.

Community Water Fluoridation

ENWIN Utilities Ltd. (ENWIN), on behalf of The Board of Commissioners of the Windsor Utilities Commission (WUC) will reintroduce fluoride into the local drinking water systems for Windsor, Tecumseh and LaSalle, effective January 12, 2022.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that exists in nearly all water sources. Ground water dissolves the fluoride from rocks into the soil and water. Drinking fluoridated water is linked with reduced tooth decay.

Community water fluoridation (CWF) is the process of monitoring and adjusting the level of fluoride in drinking water to optimize the dental benefits of preventing cavities. Research has shown that the optimal level of fluoride for cavity prevention is 0.7 milligrams/liter (mg/L) or 0.7 parts per million (ppm). CWF is a global strategy to reduce dental cavities, as many communities around the world have access to CWF.
 
Internationally, many public health agencies have endorsed CWF, including the World Health Organization, the Canadian Dental Association, and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). CWF is a cost-effective and equitable method to provide fluoride to the population. This population based
preventive intervention contributes to oral health equity by overcoming common social determinants of health including age, education, income, and access to professional dental care. For more information on CWF, visit the Government of Canada's website and the Windsor Essex County Health Unit's website.

Background Information

  • In 2013, the City of Windsor and the Town of Tecumseh voted to remove community water fluoridation (CWF) from Windsor, Tecumseh, and LaSalle.
  • In March 2019, the Windsor City Council passed a bylaw to reintroduce fluoride to Windsor's water system.
  • In April 2019, the Town of Tecumseh Council voted in favour of reintroducing fluoride to the water system.

Backflow-Cross Connection Control

In order to ensure safe, clean drinking water to residents and businesses within the municipality, the Town of LaSalle has come up with strict criteria under which property owners are allowed to connect to the Town's water supply under the Backflow-Cross Connection Control Program.

Water Quality Reports

These reports are prepared in compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 - Drinking Water Systems, O. Reg. 170/03. 

LaSalle Annual Report - Drinking Water System January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 (pdf).  Accessible formats or communication supports are available upon request. Please contact Public Works at 519-969-4143 for your request. 

Fire Hydrants Flushing and Maintenance

Periodically, the Town of LaSalle Water Division carries out fire hydrant maintenance and flushing of water mains. This work takes place March through October. During this time, there will be some pressure drops and discolouration of the water. Should any water customers note any discolouration of the water in their residence, please do not use your water for an hour or two.  Then, turn your cold water on and let the water run for one minute to clear the water out.

Water Conservation Tips

  • Repair all leaky faucets, especially hot water faucets, as quickly as possible. You'll save water and energy too. A dripping faucet can use up to 170 gallons in a 24 hour period of time.
  • Be sure your dishwasher is full but not overloaded when you turn it on. An average dishwasher uses 14-16 gallons of hot water per load.
  • Washing dishes in running water before placing them in the automatic washer is an expensive luxury.  This can add dollars to your monthly water bill. Scrape them -- but do not let the water run.
  • Install a flow restrictor in your shower. Easy to install and saves water by restricting the flow to 4 gallons per minute (which is adequate for showering). Remember, using more hot water than you really need wastes both water and electricity -- or gas.
  • Don't let the water run while you shave. Turn on the spigot only as needed. This will save from four to five gallons per day.
  • Check your toilets. Does the tank overfill and waste water through the overflow pipe? Check the seating valve on the bottom of the flush tank: is it seating completely to avoid wasting?
  • A good test for spills in the toilet system is to put a little bluing into the flush tank.  If the bluing shows up in the bowl (without flushing), water is being wasted. It is our estimate that about 90 percent of all high water bills are caused by malfunctioning commode tanks.

 

Accessible formats or communication supports are available upon request. Please contact Public Works at 519-969-4143 for your request.