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Evaluation of the vulnerability to contamination of drinking water systems for rural regions in Quebec, Canada

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  • Genevieve Cool
  • Manuel Rodriguez
  • Christian Bouchard
  • Patrick Levallois
  • Florent Joerin

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The aim of this paper is to describe a method for evaluating the vulnerability of drinking water systems to contamination, in particular in rural regions used intensively for agriculture. To do so, various indicators were developed to represent the source to tap multi-barrier approach for drinking water safety. These indicators correspond to four barriers: source susceptibility to contamination; water treatment efficiency; distribution system management; and, overall management of water quality. The indicators were classified, regrouped and weighted within a model based on a multi-criteria analysis. The method was developed and applied to 39 municipal water systems of rural Quebec, Canada. The model obtained can be used for planning purposes to prioritise water systems requiring improvements.

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  • Genevieve Cool & Manuel Rodriguez & Christian Bouchard & Patrick Levallois & Florent Joerin, 2010. "Evaluation of the vulnerability to contamination of drinking water systems for rural regions in Quebec, Canada," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(5), pages 615-638.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:53:y:2010:i:5:p:615-638
    DOI: 10.1080/09640561003727128
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