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Nova Scotia Environment

Public Drinking Water Supply Registration

Who Needs This Registration?

Anyone who owns, operates or maintains a public drinking water supply. A public drinking water supply means a water supply system, including any source, intake, treatment, storage, transmission or distribution, that is intended to provide the public with potable, piped water and that:

  1. has at least 15 service connections, or
  2. regularly serves 25 or more persons per day for at least 60 days of the year.
  3. serves any of the following for at least 60 days of the year:
    1. day care facility licensed in accordance with the Day Care Act,
    2. a permanent food establishment licensed in accordance with the Health Protection Act,
    3. a commercial property for the accommodation of the travelling or vacationing public comprising land used for camping or for overnight parking of recreation vehicles or containing a separate building or buildings containing at least 1 room to be used as an alternate for of accommodation in a campground, or containing more than 4 rental units.

Please contact any Regional or District Office of Environment (see contact information below) if you have any questions on whether you meet this definition or not.
 

Issuing Department / Agency:
Nova Scotia Environment
  
Where can you get this Registration and / or further information?
Any Regional or District Office of Environment

OR

Head Office
Nova Scotia Environment

Phone:  902-424-3600
Fax:  902-424-0501

Website - Public Drinking Water Supplies, Nova Scotia Environment

Office Location:
Barrington Tower
1894 Barrington St.
Suite 1800
Halifax, NS

Mailing Address:
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
 
Application Forms & Process:

You can get an application form for this registration from any Regional or District  Office of the Department or you can download the Registration Form for Public Drinking Water Supplies from the website.   Once it has been completed, submit it to the Department.  When the Department receives the completed form, a letter is issued to the applicant to provide them with their registration number, a summary of their responsibilities and an outline of the frequency for water quality monitoring/sampling (see Additional Information below).
  

Waiting Period:

60 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
 

Expiry & Renewal:
This Registration does not expire.
 
Price: 
No fee
  
Related Requirements:
Non-transient public drinking water supplies, such as schools, nursing homes, trailer parks, etc., that have complex water treatment or serve 500 or more individuals may also meet the criteria of Part 1 of the Water and Wastewater Facilities and Public Drinking Water Supplies Regulations and may need to be classified.   Owners should contact any Regional or District Office of Environment to verify if facility classification is required or not.
 
Additional Information:
 

Anyone who owns, operates or maintains a public drinking water supply is responsible for:

  1. regular drinking water quality monitoring;
  2. immediate notification to Nova Scotia Environment when drinking water quality does not meet the health-related Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality;
  3. corrective action to address drinking water quality issues;
  4. provision of safe drinking water.
For further information, please see Public Drinking Water Supplies, Nova Scotia Environment
 
Legislative Authority: 
Water and Wastewater Facilities and Public Drinking Water Supplies Regulations.
 

Last Updated: January 2014

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