Municipal Drinking-Water Systems
July 2007
Made under the authority of subsection 15 (1) of the Act

Preamble

These directions provide instructions respecting the preparation and content of operational plans prepared by owners of municipal residential drinking-water systems pursuant to subsection 16 (2) of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 (SDWA), and where otherwise required under the Act. The latter requirement is outlined in paragraphs 3.2.1. and 3.3.1, and would apply in circumstances such as applications for licence renewals. Paragraph 3.3.1 would apply when the operating authority has received Limited Scope—Transitional accreditation.

The directions should be considered together with the Accreditation Protocol for operating authorities as the operational plans prepared under these directions will affect accreditation options for operating authorities. For ease of comparison, the headings in Table One of Schedule B to these directions reflect accreditation options. The Accreditation Protocol should be referenced for further information on the accreditation of operating authorities.

Overview (1.0)

1.0.1 These Directions set out the requirements for operational plans required under the SDWA.

Definitions (2.0)

2.0.1 The definitions set out in Schedule “A”, in addition to the definitions in subsection 2 (1) of the SDWA and the definitions in subsection 1 (1) of the Drinking-Water Systems regulation, O. Reg. 170/03, apply for the purposes of these directions.

Operational Plans—Content Requirements (3.0)

3.0.1 Each subject system comprising the municipal residential drinking-water system shall have separate operational plans.

3.0.2 The operational plans required by section 3.0.1, when considered in their entirety, shall apply to all parts of a municipal residential drinking-water system.

Operational Plans—SDWA subsection 16 (2) (3.1)

3.1.1 Operational plans prepared for a subject system for the purposes of complying with the requirements of subsection 16 (2) of the SDWA , shall contain the information necessary to conform with:

  1. the "Plan" requirements of the DWQMS elements marked as “X” in Table One of Schedule B, under the column titled “Limited Scope—Partial DWQMS”;
  2. the "Plan" requirements of the DWQMS elements marked as “X” in Table One of Schedule B, under the column titled “Limited Scope—Entire DWQMS”; or
  3. the "Plan" requirements of the DWQMS elements marked as “X” in Table One of Schedule B, under the column titled “Full Scope—Entire DWQMS”.

Operational Plans—Other (3.2)

3.2.1 Operational plans prepared for a subject system for the purposes of complying with a requirement of the SDWA for operational plans other than subsection 16 (2), shall contain the information necessary to conform with the "Plan" requirements of the DWQMS elements marked as “X” in Table One of Schedule B, under the column titled “Full Scope—Entire DWQMS”.

Transitional (3.3)

3.3.1 Despite section 3.2.1, if a subject system is operated by an accredited operating authority accredited as Limited Scope - Transitional, the operational plans for the subject system shall contain the information necessary to ensure conformity with the "Plan" requirements of the DWQMS elements identified as “X” in Table One of Schedule B, under the column titled “Limited Scope—Transitional”.

Requirements for all Operational Plans (3.4)

3.4.1 In addition to any other requirement of these directions, all operational plans shall contain the following:

  1. a version number and date, recorded on every page of the plans
  2. a title that includes the name of the municipal residential drinking-water system, and if applicable the operational subsystem, to which the plans apply
  3. a completed copy of the Subject System Description Form in Schedule “C”

3.4.2 Operational plans that are required under the SDWA or otherwise to be submitted to the Director shall:

  1. be submitted both in paper form and electronically as a single file using the portable document format (“.pdf”)
  2. be copied to the operating authority in charge of the subject system to which the operational plans apply, if the operating authority is not the owner

Retention of Operational Plans (4.0)

4.0.1 Operational plans that were the subject of an audit by an auditor for the accreditation body shall be retained for 10 years by the owner of the operational plans and the accredited operating authority for the subject system to which the operational plans apply.

Public Disclosure of Operational Plans (5.0)

5.0.1 Each of the following owners of a subject system shall make the operational plans for the subject system available for viewing by the public:

  • a municipality
  • a municipal service board established under the Municipal Act, 2001 or a city board established under the City of Toronto Act, 2006
  • a corporation established under sections 9, 10 and 11 of the Municipal Act, 2001 in accordance with section 203 of that Act or under sections 7 and 8 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006 in accordance with sections 148 and 154 of that Act

5.0.2 Where section 5.0.1 applies, the owner shall make the operational plans available for viewing by the public at the principal office of the owner and at one other publicly accessible location in the geographical area served by the subject system.

5.0.3 Operational plans owned by a person other than an owner listed in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of section 5.0.1, shall be made available for viewing by the public at the principal place of business of the person that is located within the area served by the subject system to which the operational plans relate or some other location in the area served that is readily accessible to the public.

5.0.4 Despite sections 5.0.1 and 5.0.3, the owner of a subject system shall not make any part of the operational plans for that subject system available for viewing by the public where the disclosure:

  • could reasonably be expected to seriously threaten the safety or health of an individual
  • could prejudice significantly the competitive position or interfere significantly with the contractual or other negotiations of a person, group of persons, or organization
  • contains trade secrets or financial, commercial, scientific or technical information that belongs to the owner or the operating authority and has monetary value or potential monetary value

5.0.5 The operational plans referred to in sections 5.0.1 and 5.0.3 shall be the most current version of the operational plans for the subject system.

5.0.6 No person subject to these directions shall, without the consent of the owner, disclose the operational plans for the subject system.

5.0.7 The requirements of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Personal Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M. 56 and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Personal Privacy Act , R.S.O. 1990 c. F. 31 prevail over the requirements of these directions.

Dated at Toronto this 31stday of July, 2007

Signature of Keith West

Keith West
Chief Drinking Water Inspector, Drinking Water Management Division
Director
Subsection 15 (1) of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002

Schedule “A” Definitions

“accreditation body”
means a person designated or established as an accreditation body under Part IV of the SDWA.
“Director”
means a Director appointed for the purposes of subsections 16 (2) or 44 (1) of the SDWA, as the circumstances require.
“Drinking Water Quality Management Standard” or “DWQMS
means the Quality Management Standard for drinking-water systems approved under section 21 of the SDWA.
“municipal residential drinking-water system”
means a large municipal residential system or a small municipal residential system as defined in O. Reg. 170/03.
”operational subsystem”
means a part of a municipal residential drinking-water system operated by a single operating authority and designated by the owner within operational plans as being an operational subsystem.
"SDWA"
means the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 32, as amended.
“subject system”
means
  1. a municipal residential drinking-water system where the system is operated by one operating authority
  2. an operational subsystem where two or more parts of a municipal residential drinking-water system are operated by different operating authorities

Schedule “B” Operational Plans Content Requirements

Table One: Operational Plans Content Requirements
DWQMS Elements Operational Plans Contents: Limited Scope—Partial DWQMS Operational Plans Contents: Limited Scope—Entire DWQMS Operational Plans Contents: Full Scope—Entire DWQMS Operational Plans Contents: Limited Scope—Transitional
1. Quality Management System   Yes Yes  
2. Quality Management System Policy Yes Yes Yes  
3. Commitment and Endorsement Yes Yes Yes Yes
4. Quality Management System Representative Yes Yes Yes Yes
5. Document and Records Control Yes Yes Yes  
6. Drinking-Water System Yes Yes Yes Yes
7. Risk Assessment Yes Yes Yes  
8. Risk Assessment Outcomes Yes Yes Yes  
9. Organizational Structure, Roles, Responsibilities and Authorities Yes Yes Yes Yes
10. Competencies   Yes Yes  
11. Personnel Coverage   Yes Yes Yes
12. Communications Yes Yes Yes  
13. Essential Supplies and Services   Yes Yes Yes
14. Review and Provision of Infrastructure   Yes Yes  
15. Infrastructure Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Renewal   Yes Yes  
16. Sampling, Testing and Monitoring   Yes Yes Yes
17. Measurement and Recording Equipment Calibration and Maintenance   Yes Yes Yes
18. Emergency Management Yes Yes Yes Yes
19. Internal Audits Yes Yes Yes  
20. Management Review Yes Yes Yes