WTTP 1171: Environmental Legislation

This course introduces students to the basic principles of law with an emphasis on federal, provincial and municipal environmental legislation that impacts water treatment operations. The field of water treatment is governed by many regulations and as such, operators must have a clear understanding of their responsibilities. Other topics include the concepts of due diligence, liability, methods of compliance, tort and case law.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of WTTP 1171, Environmental Legislation, students will be able to:

  • Describe the relationships and functions of Canadian federal, provincial and municipal legislation and explain how federal, provincial, and municipal laws, regulations and bylaws are applied to water treatment.
  • Explain the legal responsibilities and obligations of water utility operators.

Course topics

This course is divided into five sections as follows:

  • Section 1: Law History and Terminology
  • Section 2: Federal Legislation and Enforcement
  • Section 3: Provincial and Municipal Water Legislation
  • Section 4: Application of Legislation to Water Treatment
  • Section 5: Inspections

Required text and materials

There is no textbook for this course.

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet required.


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

In order to complete this course successfully, you must obtain at least 50 per cent on the final examination and in the course overall.

Students taking this course and applying it towards a Certificate I, II, or III or Water Treatment Diploma must obtain 60 per cent on the final examination and in the course overall to meet program requirements.

Your final assessment will be determined on the following basis.

Final Exam 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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