35. The laboratory that analyzes water made available to users or carries out an analysis pursuant to section 21.1 must immediately communicate the results to the person in charge of the distribution system or, as the case may be, the person in charge of the tank truck where the sample was collected, where the result of the analysis shows the presence of one of the following microorganisms:
— fecal coliform bacteria;
— Escherichia coli bacteria;
— enterococci bacteria;
— F-specific coliphage viruses;
— pathogenic microorganisms or indicator micro-organisms of fecal contamination.
The laboratory must immediately communicate to the Minister, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the public health director of the region concerned the result of any analysis showing the presence of one of the microorganisms referred to in the first paragraph.
If the analysis made by the laboratory shows that the water sample collected contains one of the following microorganisms or substances, the laboratory must communicate as soon as possible during business hours to the persons referred to in the first paragraph, the Minister and the public health director of the region concerned the result of its analysis:
— total coliform bacteria;
— trihalomethanes in concentration greater than 80 µg/L;
— haloacetic acids in concentration greater than 60 µg/L.
The analysis result, pursuant to the second paragraph, must be communicated to the Minister by telephone and electronic mail during business hours or by telephone to the Service d’Urgence-Environnement outside business hours.
Where an analysis result shows that a water sample contains more than 5 mg/l of nitrates + nitrites (expressed as N), the laboratory must send the result, as soon as possible and during business hours, to the Minister and to the person in charge of the distribution system or tank truck concerned.
The fifth paragraph also applies where an analysis result shows that a water sample fails to comply with a standard of quality set out in Schedule 1. The laboratory must also send that result to the public health director of the region concerned.