Water In Our Communities

Most Yukoners receive their water through a large public drinking water system that is regulated through the Public Health and Safety Act's Drinking Water Regulation. Supply and distribution is undertaken by the Yukon Government, municipalities, and First Nations, and varies by community. Many Yukoners also have private wells.

The Drinking Water Regulationsets out requirements for large public drinking water systems: defined as any drinking water system with 15 or more service connections to a piped distribution system, or five or more delivery sites on a trucked distribution system, and includes the water source, any infrastructure or a piped or trucked distribution system.

The requirements set out under the Regulation include drinking water source selection and protection, system maintenance and upgrades, permits and reporting, operations, and sampling. There are currently 20 large public drinking water systems operating under the Regulation, and several other types of public water provision.