The Water Act, established in 1909, is the principal law for
managing the diversion and use of provincial water resources, and plays a
key role in the sustainability of BC's water. With changes in climate,
population and water use, the provincial government has undertaken a
review of the Act. Modernizing the Water Act is about making water
laws easier to understand, communicate, administer and enforce as the
province responds to current and future challenges.
Water is one of BCREA's primary public policy issues, with particular
emphasis on conservation, governance and flood management. Therefore, the
Association submitted the following recommendations, as part of the first
round of public consultations:
- One provincial ministry should manage all aspects of water
governance, and standards should be enforced on a regional basis, rather
than by municipality. This important resource requires a framework that
allows all levels of government and the public to understand everyone's
roles and responsibilities.
- Standards should be enforced consistently by all regions around the
- Conservation is an essential element of water management, and BCREA
is interested in working with the Ministry of Environment to increase
awareness among consumers. Nearly 18,000 REALTORS® around the province
have unique insights into their communities, and speak with tens of
thousands of British Columbians every day.
More information about Water Act Modernization and Living
Water Smart is available at http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/.