Common Questions

I’m concerned about our drinking water

The federal government (under the Canada Water Act) has a role in protecting water quality for water supplies that are of “national interest” (or that cross provincial or national borders). However, it is the provincial government who has primary responsibility over fresh water, which are our sources of drinking water.

Good starting points to learn more about the legal and planning mechanisms in place to protect drinking water include:

  • BC Guide to Watershed Law and Planning, from West Coast Environmental Law, provides information on the Water Act and how to advocate for watershed protection. Under "Character and Values of the Land", which is in the section "Issues and Topics", there is information on water quality and links to further resources.

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Last reviewed January 2015

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