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Public Consultation: Copper in Drinking Water

The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) has assessed the available information on copper with the intent of updating the current drinking water guideline and guideline technical document on copper in drinking water. A maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) of 2 mg/L (2000 µg/L) is proposed for total copper in drinking water, based on a sample of water taken at the tap. An aesthetic objective (AO) of 1 mg/L (1000 µg/L) is also proposed for total copper in drinking water. The CDW is currently soliciting public comment on the proposed guideline, on the approach used for its development and on the potential economic costs of implementing it, as well as to determine the availability of additional exposure data. Comments can be submitted by email to the CDW Secretariat via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and must be received by May 25, 2018.

For more information, please visit the Health Canada website.

Public Consultation: Guidance on the use of quantitative microbial risk assessment in drinking water

Quantitative microbiological risk assessment (QMRA) is an approach that can be used by regulatory agencies and drinking water authorities to quantify the health risks from microorganisms for water sources. The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) has developed a document on the use of quantitative microbial risk assessment in drinking water and is currently soliciting public comment on the document. Comments can be submitted by email to the CDW Secretariat via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and must be received by May 11, 2018.

For more information, please visit the Health Canada website.

Is your tap water the Best of the Best?

Does your municipality have the best drinking water around? Find out by going head to head with water providers from across BC and the Yukon in the 2018 Tap Water Taste Test contest!

The competition format mirrors wine tasting, where a panel of judges - or aqualiers - sample and judge water samples based on appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste and overall impression.

Since it launched 2014, the event has attracted entries from throughout BC and the Yukon, and earned media coverage for participants across the region. Past winners include: the City of Kelowna (2014), the City of Chilliwack (2015), the District of Hope (2016), and the Village of Zeballos (2017).

The 5th Annual Tap Water Taste Test will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at the 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show in Penticton.

To participate in this friendly competition, simply complete the online entry form before April 27.

Enter the competition today



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