As part of GNWT Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) actions towards Keeping NWT Water Clean within the Managing Drinking Water in the NWT: A Preventative Framework and Strategy, each community's drinking water catchment area was mapped in 2007. In 2011 these maps were updated with more current data as well as new related data, such as developments and activities from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and forest fire boundaries from ENR’s Forest Management Division. The community catchement maps can be accessed from the NWT Centre for Geomatics website.
This made-in-the-North Strategy will guide the effective long-term stewardship of our water resources. The Strategy’s development process has been led by a committee of Aboriginal and government representatives that have worked hard to ensure the voices of NWT residents have been heard on issues related to ecosystem health, sustainable development and the socio-cultural importance of water.
Managing Drinking Water Quality in the Northwest Territories outlines a safe drinking water framework and strategy for the NWT, based on a review of other Canadian jurisdictions and the specific needs of the NWT.