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Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1741: Environmental Legislation Safety and Communications

This course provides a foundation in three topic areas: legislation, safety, and communications. Under the legislative section, students gain an understanding of the basic principles of environmental law and the legislative framework under which most water suppliers must legally operate. The safety section includes topics such as occupational health and safety as it applies to operations and management of water systems. The third section covers oral and written communication skills required for operators dealing with specific situations that arise through interactions with the public.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the federal, provincial, and municipal fundamentals of law, legislation, and liability as it applies to wastewater management.
  • Describe the different water and wastewater categories.
  • Apply concepts of due diligence.
  • Explain the principles of regulations and Occupational Health and Safety programs, including occupational hygiene.
  • Demonstrate the importance of community relations, media communications, and risk management.
  • Demonstrate the fundamentals of consultant and proposal writing.

Course topics

  • Module A: Environmental Legislation
  • Module B: Occupational Health and Safety
  • Module C: Communications

Required text and materials

There is no required textbook for this course.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Water Treatment Operations certificate program graduation requires completion of 30 credits, with a minimum graduating grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 based on the TRU vocational grading scale, as well as successful completion of each individual course within the program with a grade of 70 percent or higher.

Assignment 1: Drinking Water Guidelines and Regulations Questions 11%
Assignment 2: Environmental Legislation Short Essay 11%
Assignment 3: Occupational Health and Safety Questions 22%
Assignment 4: Writing Emails, Letters, and Memos 11%
Assignment 5: Creating a Water System Monitoring Schedule 11%
Mandatory Final Exam 34%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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