BC Ministry of Health Ground Water Guidance Documents Update

The BC Ministry of Health is pleased to announce the completion and public release of two provincial guidance documents:

  1. Guidance Document for Determining Ground Water at Risk of Containing Pathogens (GARP), Version 2
  2. Drinking Water Treatment Objectives (Microbiological) for Ground Water Supplies in British Columbia, Version 1

The purpose of these guidance documents is to clarify provincial legislation, promote best practices, and provide transparency and consistency to the determination of ground water at risk and the level of treatment that might be required of a ground water system to mitigate hazards and address the microbiological quality of the drinking water source.

These documents were developed with the support of the regional health authorities and an extensive three year consultation period with industry, consultants, water suppliers, municipal representatives, and staff from provincial agencies. The Ministry of Health would like to thank all those who worked as part of the technical committee, and the many stakeholders who provided written input to the Ministry and/or attended the in-person consultation sessions in their community.

To coincide with the release of these documents, the Ministry of Health has partnered with APEGBC to deliver a series of half day training seminars across the province. These technical seminars, scheduled for Nanaimo (February 4, 2016), Nelson (February 16), Kelowna (February 18), Prince George (February 24), and Richmond (February 25) will focus on the procedure outlined in the GARP assessment document and the subsurface filtration credits outlined in the ground water treatment objectives. The seminars are intended for professionals, health officers, water suppliers, well drillers, and members of the water industry who are called to deal with ground water issues. For those unable to attend a session in person, a recording will be made available. Please visit the APEGBC Events website for more information on the seminars and to register.

If you have any questions regarding these documents please contact:

Steve Baumber, MSc, RPF
Health Protection Professional Specialist – Land and Water Use
BC Ministry of Health
Population & Public Health - Health Protection
P.O. Box 9646 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC  V8W 9P1
Tel:  (250) 952-3591  Fax:  (250) 952-1713

 



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