Provincial Government Releases New Drinking Water Safety Action Plan

Press Release

April 6, 2023

The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, today released the new Drinking Water Safety Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador.

The new long-term plan focuses on improving all types of drinking water systems in Newfoundland and Labrador, including semi-public and private drinking water systems.

Minister Davis will be available to speak about this new plan at 1:00 p.m. today (Thursday, April 6). The availability will take place in front of the House of Assembly.

The plan identifies 37 actions targeting improvements to the management of drinking water systems in the areas of governance, infrastructure, risk management, regulatory frameworks, outreach, and research and innovation.

Since 2001, significant progress has been made with the province’s drinking water safety:

  • There has been a decrease in the number of Boil Water Advisories in the province, from over 350 in 2001 to below 200 since 2017.
  • From 2017 to 2022, there has been an average of 191 Boil Water Advisories affecting 146 communities and a population of 44,000.
  • Additionally, there has been a decrease in the number of Non-Consumption Advisories on public drinking water systems since 2013.
  • On average, there are eight Non-Consumption Advisories in place at any given time affecting a serviced population of approximately 440.


“Over the past several years, significant progress has been made regarding drinking water throughout the province, including increases in the number of certified water system operators, water treatment plants, potable dispensing water units, protected drinking water sources and disinfection systems. I am pleased to release this plan today, and look forward to continue working with other government departments, regional service boards, municipalities and local service districts and Inuit Community Governments to improve the province’s drinking water safety.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister Responsible for Environment and Climate Change


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Drinking Water Safety Action Plan (2023)

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