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A BOTTOM UP APPROACH TO EVALUATE RISK ASSESSMENT TOOLS FOR DRINKING WATER SAFETY IN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES

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dc.contributor.author Levangie, Janice Catherine
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-05T19:36:56Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-05T19:36:56Z
dc.date.copyright 2009-10
dc.date.created 2009-09-28
dc.date.issued 2009-10-05T19:36:56Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2043
dc.description Note: this thesis was also submitted in hard-copy to Graduate Services en_US
dc.description.abstract Safe drinking water is a basic need; and risk assessment tools may assist in prioritizing actions to improve water safety. The objective of this research was to determine the appropriateness of current risk assessment approaches for First Nations drinking water systems. Criteria to evaluate risk assessment approaches were developed by combining common elements from literature, key informant interviews, and surveys. The criteria were compared against selected tools for drinking water risk assessment, including tools developed by Australia, Montana, Indian and Northern Affairs, and the University of Guelph. None of the tools, as available, met all of the criteria. Important considerations were found to include the operator, monitoring and recordkeeping, maintenance, technical considerations, emergency response plans, and source water protection. The tools were generally weak in assessing some potential challenges facing small, remote, and First Nations communities; including financial constraints, and taking a holistic view of water. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject small and remote community drinking water en_US
dc.subject First Nations drinking water en_US
dc.subject water safety plan en_US
dc.subject drinking water risk assessment en_US
dc.title A BOTTOM UP APPROACH TO EVALUATE RISK ASSESSMENT TOOLS FOR DRINKING WATER SAFETY IN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Environmental Engineering en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Applied Science en_US
dc.degree.department School of Engineering en_US
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