Yes, the water in Moncton is safe to drink. The City of Moncton has a long history of providing high-quality drinking water to its citizens, and continues to do so today.
Moncton’s municipal drinking water quality is protected by stringent provincial regulations and the City’s own rigorous testing regime. Municipal drinking water in Moncton has been tested for many years and regularly meets national standards.
Before anyone can use any system or device that handles or produces municipal tap water, permission must be given by the Environmental Health Officer (EHO), who then conducts an inspection of the premises where contact with the public is made (i.e.: in restaurants).
I get it, Moncton has a bad reputation when it comes to water quality. But here’s the thing: throughout Canada, water is often chlorinated in order to kill bacteria that can contaminate drinking water. And if Moncton’s tap water has as much chlorine as other Canadian cities, then you’re totally fine. So go ahead and drink up!
The City of Moncton supplies municipal drinking water services to the City of Moncton and the Town of Dieppe through its regionalized 24-hour distribution system through nearly 700 kilometres of pipe and 84 storage tanks. The pipes are laid under streets, across parks and through private land. This system delivers a reliable supply of safe drinking water to 1.2 million residents in the province of New Brunswick and provides water to 1,000 other communities that have their own sources of drinking water (e.g., springs, wells or treatment systems).
To ensure the quality and safety of our drinking water, Moncton’s system is chlorinated as part of its regular disinfection process once every three days. Chlorination is a well-known way to kill bacteria on hard surfaces such as inside plumbing.