NEW BC REGULATIONS FOR SMALL WATER SYSTEMS
On May 30th, Council and representatives from the Fraser Health Authority held an information meeting regarding the new provincial Drinking Water Protection Act & Regulations and how the new regulations impact the small (2 or more) privately shared water systems. The recent Belcarra Aquifer Study was summarized by Councillor Glover, Chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee, as part of the discussion of water source alternatives, and Council’s proposal to undertake a comprehensive study of water distribution options was also discussed.
The new Drinking Water Protection Act & Regulations (DWPA & DWPR) came into force on May 16th, 2003, and provides a comprehensive legal framework for drinking water protection. The new regulations replace the October 1992 Safe Drinking Water Regulations under the Health Act. The new Act establishes a Drinking Water Officer (DWO) as statutory decision-maker, and the DWO for the Belcarra area is Dr. Nadine Loewen. All water systems that provide drinking water to more than one single-family residence must comply with the new Act and Regulations.
Marc and Brian also reviewed the Multiple Barrier Approach to reducing drinking water health risks:
It’s clear that the new BC regulations will mean changes for all water systems that provide drinking water to more than one single-family residence, but it is hard to argue against the protection of people’s health and safety!
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