Drinking Water Safety Plan

A drinking water safety plan is a proactive method of assessing risk to drinking water quality, which better protects public health. Plans are based on an assessment of risk factors that could potentially adversely affect drinking water quality. Assessments consider such things as:

  • The source of the water;
  • How drinking water is treated; and
  • How treated water is stored and distributed.

These plans do not replace the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality or the drinking water monitoring and reporting requirements under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Rather, drinking water safety plans are meant to complement and enhance drinking water quality standards and procedures. An effective drinking water safety plan is dependent on four principals:

  • Collecting and evaluating the best information available about the water supply system
  • Analyzing and understanding potential risks
  • Correctly assessing risk mitigation – how to reduce risks to an acceptable level
  • Determining what resources and actions are necessary to ensure identified risks are reduced

Alberta Environment and Water has developed a template and supplemental guidance documents to assist operators in the preparation of drinking water safety plans. These plans are another tool that operators can use to help ensure the quality of water delivered to consumers is consistently good. Guidance documents and a drinking water template are provided. Additional information about the value of drinking water safety plans and how to compile an effective plan can be found in the guidance documents.

For more information, please contact: Alberta Environment and Water at aenv.dwsp@gov.ab.ca

If you have specific questions or concerns regarding your drinking water quality, please contact your local municipal officials.

Alberta Health Services work with your facility owners to provide notification if there is a health concern related to your drinking water quality.