Aboriginal Affairs Guides and Templates
The National Assessment of First Nations Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems (the Assessment) released by Minister Duncan on July 14, 2011 showed a sharp increase in the number of high-risk drinking water (DW) and wastewater (WW) systems compared to previous years and concluded that the elevated number of high-risk sites was due largely to capacity shortfalls. In response to the Assessment, AANDC is implementing a comprehensive action plan to support First Nations in improving DW and WW results on reserve.
As part of this action plan, we prepared the attached guides and templates to help First Nations and their Contractors to develop Source Water Protection Plans (SWPPs), Emergency Response Plans (ERPs), and Maintenance Management Plans (MMPs) for their DW and WW systems:
1. ERP Guide and Templates for Drinking Water Systems: The Guide and templates provide a step-by-step process to develop a plan to efficiently respond to, and recover from, incidents and emergency situations associated with drinking water systems. The Guide provides several examples of situations requiring an emergency response as well as recommendations for appropriate actions to be taken under such circumstances. The Guide’s appendices contain generic templates that First Nations can customize while developing their own ERP.
2. ERP Guide and Templates for Wastewater Systems: This guide and templates are similar to the guide and templates for drinking water systems, with additional guidance based on wastewater emergency impact levels.
3. MMP Guide and Templates for Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems: This guide provides a step-by-step method and associated templates to identify, schedule, and deliver on maintenance activities required by DW and WW systems. The goal is to prevent breakdowns, improve efficiency, and extend the service life of equipment and structures.
4. On-Reserve SWPP Guide and Template: This guide and templates provide step-by-step guidance to First Nations as they develop their SWPPs to prevent contaminants from entering on-reserve water sources. The Guide provides templates with pre-written text and includes concrete examples that illustrate SWPP requirements and that can be used in community-specific SWPPs. The Guide also explains the basic concepts First Nations decision makers need to understand to be able to actively participate in planning activities.
These guides and templates should not be seen as new or additional requirements to be complied with. Rather, they are meant to clarify existing requirements and to be used as supplementary tools in the toolbox available to First Nations.
Over the next months, we plan to publish and distribute the guides and templates and to promote their implementation with aboriginal organizations. However, local stakeholders remain best situated to promote their implementation locally, for example through Circuit Rider Trainers, who regularly have the opportunity to assist operators on-site.
We trust that we can count on your continued assistance in capacity building.
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