Provincial & Federal Regulations

All public drinking water systems in British Columbia must comply with the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the BC Drinking Water Protection Regulation. In addition, while not legally required to comply with all water quality parameters in the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, the CRD voluntarily complies with and regularly tests for the water quality parameters set out in the Guidelines.

USEPA Regulations

In addition to the regulations listed above, where appropriate, CRD-operated water systems also comply with many of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) rules and regulations on a voluntary basis. Some of the limits in the USEPA rules provide the basis for water quality treatment goals.

World Health Organization Regulations

The Province of British Columbia uses the World Health Organization limits as general reference — mostly when there is no Canadian Guideline.


To ensure that the analytical testing is performed to the highest possible standard, the Water Quality Laboratory maintains both the mandatory approval required by the Province and voluntarily participates in several other types of programs. Read more >>