Guidance for Designing, Installing, Maintaining and Decommissioning Drinking Water Cisterns in First Nations Communities South of 60°

This document provides guidance from a public health perspective on the best ways to design, install, operate, maintain and decommission drinking water cisterns. It is intended to provide information to all organizations and individuals involved in these activities, including:

  • First Nations authorities, such as Chief and Council, responsible for supplying drinking water to their communities;
  • Installers;
  • Community-based Drinking Water Quality Monitors (CBWMs) and Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) who carry out microbiological sampling of drinking water in cisterns;
  • Water users (home occupants); and
  • Cistern manufacturers.

This guidance document can be used when installing new drinking water cisterns, as well as when operating, maintaining and decommissioning new and existing ones.

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