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B.C. receives 260 groundwater licence applications from Northeast by March deadline

Unlicensed can't legally access wells


April 7, 2022
By Ground Water Canada

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A total of 260 groundwater applications from non-domestic users in British Columbia’s northeast were received by the province’s Ministry of Forests as of the March deadline. As of March 1, those without a licence could no longer legally access their existing wells. The licensing requirement became effective in 2016 when the Water Sustainability Act regulated groundwater for irrigation, commercial or industrial use. This gave non-domestic users in British Columbia six years to transition to the new requirements, yet as of almost a year ago 16,000 users still hadn’t applied for their licence. Energetic City report | READ MORE