Federal Drinking Water Systems

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‘Most drinking water supplies in Canada are under provincial or territorial jurisdiction and have regulations, policies and/or standard operating procedures to follow. Federal departments are responsible for the safety of drinking water provided to consumers in areas of federal jurisdiction. Federal legislation establishes the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality (GCDWQ) as the prescribed standards but does not provide guidance on their implementation.

The Interdepartmental Working Group on Drinking Water (IWGDW) was created in 2002 to develop health-based guidance for federal drinking water providers. It comprises federal representatives from departments that have responsibilities for producing and/or providing safe and reliable drinking water in areas of federal jurisdiction. Health Canada provides the technical secretariat for the working group and leads the development of this document’ (Health Canada).

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