Opportunities for a Regional Approach to Address Drinking Water Challenges in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador: A Literature Review

This poster, created by Vincent Chireh, was featured at the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference (September 2017) in Nelson, BC.

Over the past decade, rural water supply systems in Canada have been engrossed with challenges such as limited and aging/failing infrastructure, inadequate human and financial capacities, uncoordinated water governance, and fragmented policy regulations, all of which affect public water supplies. There have also been issues of communities under long-term boil water advisories (BWAs), high levels of disinfectant by-products, conflicts associated with multi-use watersheds, and outbreaks of giardia. There have been significant efforts (though fragmented and uncoordinated) by water researchers, water managers and governments to find lasting solutions to these challenges to ensure the supply of clean and safe drinking water to Canadians. Part of these efforts has been to explore options for regional-scale management of drinking water where appropriate. This article reviewed literature on the feasibility of a regional approach to drinking water management as a potential solution to water management challenges in rural Canada.

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