Facility Classification

The small water system (SWS) classification is available for water systems that serve a population of less than 500 during any 24 hour period, and are relatively simple in their operation. The operator of a water treatment system or water distribution system should obtain a facility classification completed by the EOCP for their water supply system.

Why Is This Important?

Facility classification is an important step in ensuring that safe drinking water is provided in order to protect public health. An accurate and current facility classification will determine what training and certifications a facility operator will need.

The Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) provides facility classification for water systems in BC. This may be required as a condition of the permit to operate a water supply system. The classification dictates what training and certifications a facility operator should have. The EOCP establishes the classifications for facilities in BC and Yukon based on pertinent regulations and the Best Practices Guide of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Committee.

If you operate a SWS in BC or the Yukon, you can contact the EOCP to have your system classified for a fee.