Guidance for Issuing and Rescinding Boil Water Advisories

The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) has assessed the available information on issuing and rescinding boil water advisories for drinking water supplies with the intent of establishing a drinking water guidance document The purpose of this consultation is to solicit comments on this guidance document.

The CDW has requested that this document be made available to the public and open for comment. Comments are appreciated, with accompanying rationale, where required. Comments can be sent to the CDW Secretariat via email at If this is not feasible, comments may be sent by mail to the CDW Secretariat, Water, Air and Climate Change Bureau, Health Canada, 3rd Floor, 269 Laurier Avenue West, A.L. 4903D, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9. All comments must be received before June 16, 2014.

It should be noted that this Guidance Document on issuing and rescinding boil water advisories will be revised following evaluation of comments received, and a final guidance document will be posted. This document should be considered as a draft for comment only.

How to Get Involved

Please select and read through the link below titled "consultation document". Once read, please submit your comments via email or by mail. Please be sure to include the title of the consultation document on which you are commenting.

Guidance documents are developed in collaboration with provincial and territorial partners, through the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW). As provinces and territories are responsible for drinking water quality in their respective jurisdictions, consultation comments will be shared with the appropriate CDW member, along with the name and affiliation of the author. Authors that do not want their name and affiliation shared with their CDW member should provide a statement to this effect along with their comments.

Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments and suggestions by June 16, 2014.

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Following each consultation, the guidance document will be revised and posted on the Health Canada website. A summary of the comments received and how they have been addressed will be available upon request.

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