Draft guidance document on using non-potable water now available

The BC Ministry of Health, with the regional health authorities’ support, has prepared the draft Guidance for Using Non-potable Ambient Water for Domestic Purposes in British Columbia.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The draft Guidance for Using Non-potable Ambient Water for Domestic Purposes in British Columbia is a first step in providing provincial guidance on non-potable water.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

 



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