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Cemetery Setback Distances to Prevent Surface Water Contamination

Topics: Built Environment, Contaminants and Hazards, Recreational Water, Water Location: General, Canada

Primary inquiry: In Canada, as in many other countries, cemeteries are required to be setback a certain distance from waterbodies to protect drinking water sources from contaminated liquids that can arise from the decomposition of bodies after burial. What is recommended as a safe setback distance? What is the rationale for the setback distances used throughout Canada?

Publication DateOct 25, 2017
AuthorMiller A, Wiens M
Posted by NCCEHDec 01, 2017