Water Quality

Water is one of B.C.’s most important natural resources and must be managed appropriately to protect both human and ecosystem health.

Human Health

Drinking Water Quality

Clean and safe water for drinking is essential to maintain our health and well-being.

Water quality guidelines are developed for various parameters to protect water used for drinking.

Community watersheds are designated areas that require special management practices to reduce the impacts of forest, range, and oil and gas activities on drinking water sources.

Recreational Water Quality

Recreational water provides opportunities for exercise, play and relaxation. However, it can cause serious illness through people’s physical exposure to pathogens and contaminants.

Water quality guidelines are developed for various parameters to protect water used for recreation.

Water Quality Guidelines for Irrigation

Water quality guidelines are developed for water used for irrigating ready-to-eat crops. These types of crops include leafy greens, fruits or vegetables that may be eaten right off the field and/or fruits or vegetables which may not be adequately washed.

Ecosystem Health

Water Quality Guidelines for Aquatic Life, Wildlife & Agriculture

Water quality guidelines are developed for various parameters to protect aquatic life, wildlife, livestock & irrigation.

Water Quality Objectives

To manage fresh and marine water quality, water quality objectives may be developed for specific water bodies to protect water uses in that watershed.

Monitoring Water Quality

The Ministry of Environment conducts water quality monitoring of freshwater and marine water through numerous types of programs to determine if a particular water body has been impacted.