WTTP 1171
Environmental Legislation

1.0 Credit


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.

Delivery Method



Industry experience or acceptance into the Water Treatment Technology Program.


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 Outline

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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

There is no textbook for this course.

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone at a mutually convenient time. The necessary contact information will be received when you start your course.


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%