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Water 2017, 9(7), 497; https://doi.org/10.3390/w9070497

Source Water Protection Planning and Management in Metropolitan Canada: A Preliminary Assessment

Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8, Canada
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Received: 26 February 2017 / Revised: 22 June 2017 / Accepted: 23 June 2017 / Published: 7 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Source Water Protection: State of the Art and Science)
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Source Water Protection (SWP) is the process of protecting a drinking water source through land use planning policies and land management activities. The risk of source water contamination is a human health concern even in developed countries such as Canada. Much of the existing SWP literature in the more developed world is centred on small and rural water systems with a focus on capacity needs to support SWP activities and planning. These capacity needs tend to centre on five key elements: political, financial, human, technical and legal. While these contributions have added value to the water resource planning literature in rural areas, there remains a noticeable gap in the literature with respect to SWP activities in metropolitan areas. The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to report the kinds of source water threats facing metropolitan water systems in Canada; and, second, to explore the utility of the capacity literature with respect to SWP planning in metropolitan Canada. View Full-Text
Keywords: source water protection; Canada; metropolitan; capacity-building source water protection; Canada; metropolitan; capacity-building
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Al Ibrahim, A.; Patrick, R.J. Source Water Protection Planning and Management in Metropolitan Canada: A Preliminary Assessment. Water 2017, 9, 497.

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