The management of drinking water is the shared responsibility of all levels of government. Community governments are responsible for operating and maintaining Water Treatment Plants (WTPs). The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is responsible for the regulation of water supply systems providing certification training and support to WTP operators and for working collaboratively with stakeholders to implement the NWT Water Stewardship Strategy. The GNWT also inspects WTPs and reviews water quality data from communities to ensure the treated water is safe.
For more information please visit the GNWT’s drinking water website at: http://www.nwtdrinkingwater.ca/.
Environmental Health Officers ensure the safety of community drinking water under the direction of the NWT’s Chief Public Health Officer. All water supply systems are checked to ensure compliance with the Water Supply System Regulations under the Public Health Act. Water is tested for bacteria and chemicals like lead. Chlorine, which keeps water safe, must have its levels monitored.
All complaints are investigated to ensure the safety of drinking water.
Information for Operators
- NWT Drinking Water Sampling and Testing Requirements – Summary Table
- Water Treatment Plant Weekly Log Sheet
- Drinking Water Operators’ Corner
Information for Home Owners with Water Tanks