Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University


The Drinking Water Protection Act (DWPA) and the Drinking Water Protection Regulation (DWPR), which came into force in May 2003, are the two main pieces of legislation which govern drinking water in British Columbia.

Some of the criteria included in these documents are:

  • Annual reporting requirements
  • Qualification standards for operators
  • Water testing by accredited labs
  • Specific reporting requirements when threats to water potability are suspected
  • Floodproofing of wells
  • Water source and system assessments
  • Source and system protection

This legislation can be viewed online at the Queen’s Printers website. These electronic versions are not the official versions but can be useful references.

Drinking Water Protection Act (DWPA)
This act was passed April 2001

Drinking Water Protection Regulation (DWPR)
This legislation was passed May 2003 and contains amendments passed November 2005

Groundwater Protection Regulations

Water Act

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