Portrait de l'utilisation du suivi en continu de la qualité de l’eau potable dans les municipalités du Québec

Authors: Bélisle, Simon
Advisor: Rodriguez-Pinzon, Manuel J.
Abstract: Chemical and bacteriological contamination of drinking water has been highly publicized through the media and has raised public awareness of drinking water quality in municipal utilities. Online and real-time monitoring of drinking water quality has grown in popularity in the last few years, carving its place in drinking water quality surveillance. This portrait of the use of online monitoring of drinking water quality is based on a survey conducted in all of Quebec municipalities that operate a drinking water utility (810 municipalities). Descriptive analysis of the data has shown that source type and population size as the main factors influencing the use of online monitoring. Multivariate analysis added the use of filtration and disinfection in the water treatment process as main factors of the use of online monitoring. Respondents mentioned early warning capabilities and water baseline creation possibilities as reasons encouraging the use of online monitoring. High cost, low contamination risk and, in some cases, absence of regulation as reasons discouraging the use of these technologies. All of these factors and reasons are influenced by legislation, specifically articles 5, 22 and 22.1 of Province of Quebec’s Drinking Water Quality Regulation (DWQR). The portrait has identified some problems in drinking water quality monitoring and has made possible an evaluation of online monitoring regulations contained in the DWQR.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2011
Open Access Date: 17 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/22522
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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