B.C. Water Act To Regulate Groundwater, Force Nestle To Pay
The provincial government of British Columbia has just passed their new Water Act, after four years of research and consultations with industry, communities, and First Nations to replace outdated legislation from 1909.
The legislation is focused mainly on the allocation of water and large scale users, like Nestle, who have been able to use unlimited supplies of fresh groundwater, without cost, will now be charged a nominal fee.
While this is expected to regulate groundwater consumption, while adding to the provincial government’s coffers, many critics argue that the act does not go far enough. In fact, environment minister Mary Polak, even admits that the act will not cover off every single aspect of water protection and water use.
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