Water Quality     


The Water Quality Section within the Water Resources Branch undertakes a variety of activities aimed at ensuring the protection of Yukon's natural waterways. The responsibility for public drinking water quality lies with Health and Social Services. Private well owners are responsible for monitoring the water quality of their wells (guidelines).

Water Quality Monitoring

Trend monitoring is conducted at thirteen key sites in collaboration with Environment Canada’s Pacific Yukon Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance group.  These active monitoring stations include:


Water quality parameters being tracked include physical variables, metals content, nutrients and bacteria counts.

Site-specific monitoring is conducted to evaluate the water licence performance of licenced activities that could pose a potential threat to water and any plant, animal or person.  For more information about the water licence water quality reporting and audits monitoring network, visit yukonwater.ca.

Other interesting water quality monitoring projects include:

View the map below to learn more about the current and future water monitoring network locations included as part of the Yukon Water Strategy.

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Water Quality Auditing

Water Quality Section supports Water Inspectors’ regulation of water licensed undertakings.  Section staff provide technical support and conduct field audits.  In the case of mining, this support is provided to Energy, Mines and Resources Inspectors.  For municipal wastewater, aquaculture, agriculture, industrial and miscellaneous undertakings this support is provided to Environmental Compliance and Inspections.

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Working with Other Jurisdictions

Staff from the Water Quality Section represent the territory on several inter-jurisdictional working groups and national bodies concerned with the management and well-being of water.  These include the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment and the Mackenzie River Basin Board.

The Section has taken a major role in the development of the national Municipal Wastewater Effluent Strategy. This has progressed to working with in-territory implementation of the strategy through an agreement with Canada to comply with the federal Wastewater Systems Effuent Regulation.

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Working with First Nations

In 2009 and 2010, Water Resources helped raise funding for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council to look at the impacts of climate change on water quality along the Yukon River. More recently, Water Resources partnered with Nacho Nyak Dun to do Peel Watershed Baseline Monitoring.

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Water Sampling 101 Information Sheet icon image - this is a pdf file 17 KB

This document includes valuable information and techniques for collecting water samples.

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Contact Water Resources

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-310)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-3171
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 local 3171
Fax: 867-667-3195

Email: water.resources@gov.yk.ca