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Drinking Water: Environmental Health

Environmental Health Officers play a role in the safety of drinking water by conducting inspections, permitting, and monitoring trucked drinking water and large public drinking water systems in Yukon.

Guidance and education is available to private well owners for bacteriological and chemical testing of drinking water, disinfecting drinking water wells and holding tanks, and water treatment options to ensure safe drinking water.


The video Safe Water Supply in Yukon contains basic information on drinking water for homeowners on the design, installation and maintenance of water wells and water holding tanks.
There is also information throughout the video on a number of aspects of drinking water that may be of interest to a wider audience.

Water Laboratory

Environmental Health Services (EHS) operates an accredited water quality laboratory for bacteriological testing of drinking water*, specifically total coliforms and E.coli.

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 Walkerton Clean Water Centre

This site contains water quality training materials that provide basic information that can help a person learn how to operate and maintain a micro-system (water systems serving up to and including 25 people). The training has been developed by Canadian federal departments as part of a multi-barrier approach to providing safe drinking water in areas of federal jurisdiction, including on federal lands, in federal facilities and/or in First Nations communities. This includes Federal government employees working in Canada, as well as Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian Forces personnel, and Canadian diplomatic mission staff working abroad.

The training is provided in two parts: the main training is in a video or e-Learning format with the second part being an accompanying document that can be printed for more in-depth training.

 Manitoba government

The Manitoba government has posted private well videos

 Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada: Safe Water

This site has a series of four videos under the caption Safe Water is Life that focus on northern BC and Yukon operators of First Nation drinking water systems.

 New Zealand Ministry of Health : Drinking-water videos

This DVD series, produced by New Zealand Ministry of Health as part of the Drinking-water Assistance Program, provides information on pathogens and pathways of drinking-water contamination, principles and methods of small drinking-water supply treatment, reticulation systems, sampling and monitoring, and how outbreaks can occur in drinking-water supplies. They aim to support drinking-water quality improvement, especially in small and self-supplies.

 Alberta Environment and Parks : Working Well resources

The Alberta government has a number of resources for private well owners.  Working Well Program is a series of fact sheets and videos on water well protection, well care and maintenance , sampling etc.

 Alberta Health Services : Drinking Water

Resources under Water Safety related to water chemistry, sampling, shock chlorination, boil water advisories and flooding. 

 The British Columbia Health Protection Branch Ministry of Health Small Water System Guidebook February 2017

This guidebook is intended to be a first step in helping small water systems owners and operators find solutions to challenges in providing safe drinking water in order to provide the best possible drinking water to customers.. 

Related links

Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality Summary Table

The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality are established by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) and published by Health Canada. Health-based guidelines are established on the basis of comprehensive review of the known health effects associated with each contaminant, on exposure levels and on the availability of treatment and analytical technologies.

 www.canada.ca/content/dam/hc-sc/migration/hc-sc/ewh-semt/alt_formats/pdf/pubs/water-eau/sum_guide-res_recom/sum_guide-res_recom-eng.pdf    

Yukon Water and Wastewater Operator Program

The Yukon Water and Wastewater Operator program (YWWOP) offers a range of courses designed to meet the needs of water and wastewater operators working within municipal, territorial, federal or First Nations’ government. The program also offers courses relevant to health professionals, supervisors and homeowners involved and/or interested in water quality. This program will be of interest to experienced operators as well as those brand new to the field.

 www.yukoncollege.yk.ca/programs/info/ywwop      

The Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP)

EOCP is responsible for certifying water and wastewater Operators in British Columbia and the Yukon.

 eocp.ca 

Yukon Water Strategy

The Yukon Water Strategy was released on June 11, 2014. The strategy is a big-picture plan with six priorities for maintaining the quality, quantity and health of Yukon water for both nature and people.

 www.env.gov.yk.ca/air-water-waste/yukon-water-strategy.php    

Contact info

Environmental Health Services

Business hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday

Phone: 867-667-8391

Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8391

Fax: 867-667-8322

Email: environmental.health@gov.yk.ca

Mailing Address:

Environmental Health Services (2 HospRd)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6

Location: #2 Hospital Road | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]

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