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Draft guidance document on using non-potable water now available

The BC Ministry of Health, with the regional health authorities’ support, has prepared the draft Guidance for Using Non-potable Ambient Water for Domestic Purposes in British Columbia. This document was prepared to support officials who are responsible for issuing permits to water supply systems that use non-potable water from ambient sources for domestic purposes. 

 

Non-potable water is water that is not suitable for human consumption and food preparation. It does not meet the standard for drinking water, but can still be used for some domestic purposes. For the purpose of this document, non-potable water includes all water from an ambient source (that is, fresh water from a surface water or ground water source) that does not meet the definition for potability under the Drinking Water Protection Act.

 

The draft Guidance for Using Non-potable Ambient Water for Domestic Purposes in British Columbia is a first step in providing provincial guidance on non-potable water. It does not provide specific guidance on recycled water (for example, reclaimed water and grey water) or rain water. More information is available on the Ministry's website

 

Public Consultation: PFOS and PFOA in drinking water

The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) has assessed the available information on Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) with the intent of developing a drinking water guidelines and guideline technical documents for each. Until September 2, 2016, the CDW is holding a public consultation to solicit comments on both proposed guidelines, the approach used for their development and on the potential economic costs of implementing them, as well as to determine the availability of additional exposure data. If you are interested in submitting comments on one or both documents, please visit the Health Canada site for more information.

Public Consultation: Manganese in drinking water

A revised set of guidelines for manganese in drinking water is being proposed by Health Canada. The BCWWA Drinking Water Committee is currently reviewing the consultation document and putting together a response on behalf of the Association. If you would like to provide feedback on the proposed guideline, please visit the Health Canada website for more information and submit your comments to Jodi Garwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Friday, July 15.

 



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