British Columbians are being promised water resources will be protected… if drought-like conditions persist in the southern half of the province.
“Under the Water Sustainability Act, yes, we will have full authority to be able to step in in times of drought or scarcity and be able to stop any user or limit any user.”
Environment Minister Mary Polak says the ongoing debate about groundwater being bottled for sale has been confusing for everyone.
“The fees don’t entitle someone to take as much water as they want. They may only take what they have been allocated by the province and so the decision about what an industry can take, what a user can take, is based on what’s available.”
Earlier this week, Polak announced a new fee structure taking effect in January will be reviewed.