Cemetery Setback Distances to Prevent Surface Water Contamination

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Publication Date Oct 25, 2017
Author Miller A, Wiens M

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?