On April 29, Bill 18, the Water Sustainability Act, passed Third Reading in the Legislature and is now considered an Act. It is expected to receive Royal Assent in the near future and come into force after April 2015.
Now that the Water Sustainability Act has passed, work is underway to plan for implementation and develop regulations, including updating water fees and rentals in the Water Regulation. Through our recent engagement on the seven water pricing principles in the Pricing B.C.’s Water discussion paper, we received over 130 submissions from citizens and a wide range of sectors. Blog comments and email submissions are being considered as we develop draft pricing options that will be reviewed with key user groups, prior to presenting options to government later this year.