Statistics Canada – 2015 Survey of Drinking Water Plants

In the winter of 2016 Statistics Canada will be conducting the Survey of Drinking Water Plants. This survey is a census of public drinking water plants serving communities of 300 or more people. The survey results will produce a national portrait of treatment processes and costs, and source water quality across Canada. The plants in the survey range in size from ones that use complex treatment processes for surface water to ones that use minimal treatment for groundwater. The data collected will be used to monitor water reserves at the regional level in Canada and to develop environmental accounts.

Drinking water plant operators will be contacted by phone in January of 2016 to verify contact name and address. The survey will be mailed out in February 2016 and we encourage all utilities that receive the survey to complete it as best and as soon as possible and return it to Statistics Canada. More information about the survey can be found online.
Specific enquires about this survey should be directed to Environment, Energy and Transportation Statistics Division, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0T6 or by email to

  • Gus

    Good, they can start with Limerick, SK. An open air slough a few hundred metres from the open air sewage dump which is within the town limits, when it rains too much the waste water overflows. When the crops are sprayed, that too winds up in the water as does the rain and snow runoff.

    There is so much chlorine in the ‘drinking’ water that we buy bottled to drink, and give to our dogs. And when the power goes off, there is no backup generator so the sewage water can leak into the drinking water system and they dont’ bother to tell us about a boil water advisory, they just post a notice on the Post Office bulletin board. They do however send someone around door to door to collect the water metre readings for billing.

    • aarisman

      Thank you for your comment Gus. We encourage you to engage Stats Canada by emailing, call your utility department with your concerns, and/or respond to the survey if you’re in a position to.
      Now is the time to voice your concerns.
      The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency is also a great resource that you can access by visiting