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Statistics Canada - 2017 Survey of Drinking Water Plants

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In the winter of 2018 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 produce a national portrait of potable water production, treatment processes and costs. 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.  

The 2017 questionnaire was redesigned so that respondents with multiple water treatment facilities can report the combined total of all their facilities in one questionnaire. An electronic questionnaire (EQ) will be used for the first time for this survey. 

Respondents will be contacted by email in February 2018.  More information about the survey can be found at
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:


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