Overview

Alberta Environment and Parks gathered feedback from waterworks operators on proposed updates to modernize the Potable Water Regulation under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and ensure all Albertans have continued access to clean, safe drinking water.

Stakeholder feedback helped inform 2 areas of proposed changes:

  • Standards for Micro Waterworks Systems – an online survey and 2 webinars provided opportunities for operators/owners of very small waterworks systems to share feedback on a new approach to regulating small non-municipal waterworks systems that would offer size and risk-appropriate regulations.
  • The Maximum Acceptable Concentration for naturally occurring fluoride in groundwater – drinking water operators/owners expected to be affected by proposed changes met with government one-on-one to discuss aligning this standard with other regulated waterworks systems in Alberta and current Health Canada guidelines.

The Alberta government regulates approximately 700 water treatment and distribution systems that provide drinking for water for more than 85% of Albertans.

Timeline

  • Open

    Survey closed February 11, 2022

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Environment and Parks

Input received

Online survey

Operators and owners of very small waterworks systems were invited to provide feedback on the proposed Standards for Micro Waterworks Systems through an online survey from January 11 to February 11 2022.

One-on-one meetings

Drinking water operators and owners expected to be affected by proposed changes to the Maximum Acceptable Concentration for naturally-occurring fluoride in groundwater were invited to schedule one-on-one meetings with government.

Resources

Learn more about proposed changes to the Potable Water Regulation:

Next steps

Feedback collected will help update the draft Standards for Micro Waterworks Systems. A code of practice is also being developed to accompany the standards.

As the standards are finalized, an opportunity to review the draft code of practice and provide feedback will be made available. Stakeholders will be notified in March of this opportunity via email.

Outcomes

Stakeholder feedback will help modernize the Potable Water Regulation by removing outdated content and minimizing regulatory red tape while ensuring Albertans continue to have access to clean water.

Last updated: February 11, 2022