The rate BC charges private companies to extract water could soon be changing.
Premier Christy Clark says a review into the rates is getting underway, and should be concluded by the middle of next year.
“We need to really understand, have a really thorough understanding of who is using the ground water and how much, because we don’t want to bring in change that’s going to unintentionally impact, for example, craft brewers.”
The premier promised a water rate review four months ago.
She says the review will look at pricing for the big water bottlers in the province, to make sure it’s appropriate.
“We want to understand how all the users are using it, how much they are using it, and then the changes that we bring in, if we do, will be sensitive to that.”
Clark says she is open to raising water rates charged to large-scale industrial water users and water bottling companies.
A petition to the BC government earlier this year with nearly a quarter million signatures called on the government to review corporate water rates and protect Canada’s water supply by setting fair rates on ground water extraction.