The Alberta Water Council released on June 15, 2020 a new guide for source water protection planning.
Municipalities are among the many stakeholders that contribute to protecting the province’s sources of water, in addition to private organizations and landowners. The Alberta Water Council describes the process of source water protection as:
“[Source water protection] is a risk-management process designed to maintain or improve the conditions of water through proactive, collaborative identification, validation, assessment, and management of risk. The quality and quality of drinking water is influenced by activities that occur in the water that supplies the drinking water system.”
The guide outlines six steps for a protection planning strategy:
- Involve key groups
- Characterizes the source water region
- Set goals
- Create an action plan
- Implement the plan
- Evaluate and revise
The guide was developed so support communicates in managing risks related to their drinking water sources. As the source of drinking water, source water protection contributes to ensuring Albertans have safe, cleaning drinking water.