Central Water Supplies
What is a central water supply system?
About 45% of Islanders are serviced by public water supply systems operated by either a municipality, or a private water supply utility. An example of a public water supply is where one or more wells are connected with piping and service five or more homes or cottages In addition to these central water supply systems, there are many semi-public, stand-alone water systems such as those that supply schools, day-care centres, etc. The delivery of safe drinking water by these systems involves a number of important steps, including the design, operation, monitoring and maintenance of the system.
What types of approvals are required for central water supply systems?
The approval and operational requirements vary depending upon the type of central water supply system.
For Central Water Supply Systems
- any well constructed to supply these systems requires a Groundwater Exploration Permit and a Groundwater Extraction Permit;
- a Certificate of Approval under Sections 13 and 16 of the Environmental Protection Act is required for the construction, modification and operation of the system;
- the system must be constructed in accordance with the requirements outlined in the Atlantic Canada Wastewater Guidelines Manual for Collection, Treatment, and Disposal;
- the system must be registered with the Province by submitting an Application for Water and Wastewater Facility Registration Form;
- a Facility Classification Certificate must be issued for the system by the Department;
- the system must be operated by a certified operator; and
- municipal water supply utilities must develop well field protection plans to protect groundwater quality in the areas used as their principle source of supply.
For Semi-Public Water Supply Systems
- the system must be registered with the Province by submitting an Application for Water and Wastewater Facility Registration Form; and
- a plan for the monitoring of the effluent must be in place.
Who can I contact for more information?
For design, expansion and approvals
For day to day operations such as monitoring