Protection refers to proactive/preventative measures and emergency response. Proactive/preventive measures reduce the risk to consumers and reduce the liability to the waterworks system owner. This response anticipates events or situations that may compromise the safety of drinking water. Emergency response involves plans and actions to deal with incidents that arise from unforeseen incidents such as equipment failure or extreme weather events.

Proactive/Preventative Measures

Examples of proactive/preventative measures include:

Emergency Response

When a bacteriological sample indicates the presence of coliform bacteria, corrective action including additional monitoring is required. This direction is outlined in Section 6 of the Communication and Action Protocol for Failed Bacteriological Results. Re-samples taken under these provisions must be identified on the Provincial Public Health Laboratory's Request for Microbiological Analysis of Water (requisition) form as RESAMPLE's. The original requisition form ID number and the Alberta Environment and Parks Reference (Call ID) number must be noted on the requisition using a neon yellow label. The label should be Neon Yellow, 2 5/8" x 1", 30 per page (3 columns of 10 rows). Download the template for printing these labels.


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Updated: Jun 7, 2018