The new Water Sustainability Act delivers on government’s commitments to modernize BC’s water laws, regulate groundwater use, and strengthen provincial water management in light of growing demands for water and a changing climate. Water is our most precious resource and this legislation will ensure that our supply of fresh, clean water is sustainable – to meet our needs today and for generations to come.
The WSA was prepared after extensive public engagement spanning four years. We met with British Columbians from across the province and received thousands of comments, ideas and recommendations. This input was considered in writing the Act and will continue to guide us as we develop supporting regulations and implement the legislation if passed.
British Columbians also expressed strong sentiments about water pricing including many responses to this October 2013 blog post. In my December blog post, I indicated we would be engaging further on fees and rentals this year. Today kicks off that opportunity with the release of Pricing B.C.’s Water that sets out a number of principles to help inform options for an improved pricing structure for B.C.’s water.
Over the next four weeks (until April 8) we’re looking for your comments on the principles we’re proposing to use to help inform new water pricing options. Which principles are most important to you? Tell us how you’d like to see these principles shape how British Columbians use and protect B.C.’s water. Leave a comment below on the Blog.
Minister of Environment