After significant public pressure BC’s past government committed to reviewing water rates for bottled water companies by February 2017, but we have yet to see any action on this promise. We now have an opportunity for BC's new government to finish a job the previous government did not.
BC’s current water pricing structure has greatly undervalued the importance of our fresh waters within our province. As a result, commercial users
like Nestlé pay a mere $2.25 for a million litres of water.
Funding is required to effectively implement the Water Sustainability Act’s most promising features. In addition to data collection and management, there is a need to increase the capacity for education and outreach, compliance, enforcement, management, as well as supporting local governance, including resources to support First Nations’ roles in management and decision-making of their waters. Sufficient water pricing is essential to support full-cost recovery which is critical to the success of a water management regime.
Together we can ensure that BC’s newly elected government knows that we care about and value our shared waters in BC.
Let’s keep water a highly valued priority in BC.
We the undersigned, call upon the government of British Columbia to charge a fair price for groundwater, supporting a watershed sustainability fund and commit to the promised reviewing of water rates.