Canadians have consistently ranked among the world’s highest water users, with per capita water use high above that of European and other industrialized nations. Why should this matter to NLers?

High water use can contribute to a wide variety of environmental and economic problems, including water shortages; the drawdown of aquifers in areas served by groundwater; increased temperature and concentration of pollutants in water bodies; costly expansion of water and wastewater infrastructure; and increased energy consumption for pumping and treating water and wastewater.

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Doesn’t Canada have abundant water resources?

About 60% of Canada’s water supply flows north and is therefore not readily available or easily accessible where it is needed most—in a narrow 300-kilometre band along Canada’s southern border, which houses over 84% of the population.

Where can I get information about water services in St. John’s?

This link provides information on all water services offered by the city of St. John’s, including water quality, water emergencies, lawn and garden care, and more.

You can also select the city on the Water Resources Portal Website to view reports on drinking water quality, boil water advisories, and other information on tap and source water quality.

I live outside of St. John’s, where can I get information about water services in my area?

This is a link to the Water Resources Portal Website for NL. Here you can select your community from a dropdown menu and view reports on drinking water quality, boil water advisories, and other information on tap and source water quality.

How can I tell if my water is safe to drink?

According to the City of St. John’s water FAQ site (

“The water in the St. John’s Region is continuously monitored and tested regularly to ensure it complies with the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.  Water Samples are collected daily from designated sample ports throughout the distribution system and sent to the Provincial Public Health Laboratory for bacteriological analysis. Additional samples are also analyzed by the City Laboratory Services Division and by third-party accredited laboratories for a variety of parameters to ensure the safety of the water we deliver to consumers.”

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How do I go about getting my water tested for routine physical and chemical analysis?

This link shows a partial list of laboratories that carry out routine physical and chemical analysis of drinking water

I’m looking for information on Permits, Approvals, and Licences related to development activity, construction, water well drilling licences and permits, and alterations to infrastructure, including on or near a body of water.

This link provides information on all Water Resources Management Regulatory Permits and Licences issued under the Water Resources Act, SNL 2002 cW-4.01

How can I tell what my daily water use impact is?

You can get a fairly accurate estimate of your daily water footprint by using one of a number of online water calculators. A few of these are listed below:

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