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The NCCEH has assembled a directory of scenarios on various environmental health topics intended to sharpen the problem-solving skills of practitioners and students. We welcome your use of our feedback form to share new questions and scenarios.

Cemetery Setback Distances to Prevent Surface Water Contamination

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?

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