Draft Documents Available for Groundwater Consultation

The Ministry of Health, with support of the regional health authorities, has prepared three draft guidance documents related to the delivery of potable water in the province, as part of the Ministry’s Drinking Water Program:

  • Guidance Document for Determining Ground Water at Risk of Containing Pathogens (GARP) version 2;
  • Drinking Water Treatment Objectives (Microbiological) for Ground Water Supplies in British Columbia version 1; and
  • British Columbia Guidelines (Microbiological) for Maintaining Water Quality within Distribution Systems – Secondary Disinfection.

The documents, comment forms and additional information are now being released for wider public consultation and are available for review on the Ministry consultation website.

In support of the consultation process the Ministry is holding two information webinars, followed by four half-day long consultation meetings across the province to:

  • Communicate the purpose, development history and current content of each of the guidance documents;
  • Hear and seek considered comment from British Columbians with an interest in drinking water distribution, ground water assessment and treatment; and
  • Communicate to stakeholders the Ministry’s planned next steps in refining and implementing the guidance documents.

If you have any questions regarding the process, check the consultation website or contact:

Cindy Bertram
C. Rankin & Associates
PO Box 28159 Westshore RPO
Victoria, BC  V9B 6K8.

Ms. Bertram has been contracted by the Ministry to manage the information collection process for this consultation.

Consultation meetings of three to four hours in length are planned for Richmond, Kamloops, Cranbrook and Prince George. The meetings will provide an opportunity for interested participants to hear from Ministry staff about the background and intent of the guidance documents and ask questions to inform considered comment on the documents.

Final dates, times and venues for the consultation meetings will be confirmed with registered participants by the end of January. The preliminary meeting schedule is:


Monday February 16

8:30 am – 12:30 pm


Tuesday February 17

8:30 am – 12:30 pm


Thursday February 19

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Prince George

Thursday March 5

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

If you are interested in receiving information about or registering for any of these consultation meetings please contact Cindy Bertram.

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