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The new protocol for drinking water on-reserve is available to every First Nation. It’s goal is to set standards for drinking water on-reserve, in accordance with established federal or provincial standards, whichever are the more stringent. The protocol has been developed using the water quality criteria set out in Health Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality and will ensure that standards are followed until a federally legislated regulatory regime is in place.
Protocol for Safe Drinking Water in First Nations Communities is intended for use by First Nations staff responsible for water systems. It is also intended for use by Government of Canada staff, and all others involved in providing advice or assistance to First Nations in the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and monitoring of their drinking water systems.
The Protocol will improve drinking water quality by putting effective safeguards in place at each stage of a drinking water system. The requirements include:
To ensure these standards are followed, this protocol will be included as part of funding agreements between the Government of Canada and First Nations. In addition, Public Works and Government Services Canada, on INAC’s behalf, will provide professional and technical advice to help First Nations design, build, operate, and maintain their water systems.
This clear protocol will provide a proper basis for the Government’s accountability and that of First Nations.
March 21, 2006