Groundwater and Surface water quality is compared to drinking water standards and guidelines established by government agencies to protect the health of individuals.
A number of drinking water guidelines are based on Aesthetic considerations (AO: Aesthetic Objectives) while others are Maximum Acceptable Concentrations (MAC) based on health considerations.
- The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality (GCDWQ) document was updated in October 2017 by Health Canada and can be located at:
- Drinking water guidelines in the U.S. are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and can be found at:
- In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published drinking water guidelines and these can be viewed at: