Regulation & Guidelines
Ann Arbor, MI – Recent studies and news reports have many Canadians concerned about the possibility of lead in their drinking water. Fortunately, a wide variety of residential drinking water treatment and filtration devices to reduce lead are available to consumers. But how can you be sure they work?
Toronto – Ontario's Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks has released an updated guide for municipal councillors to help them understand their responsibilities under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 and provide them with information on how Ontario’s drinking water is safeguarded.
Ann Arbor, MI – The American National Standards for health effects of drinking water treatment chemicals (NSF/ANSI 60) and plumbing system components (NSF/ANSI 61) have been updated for the Canadian market and published as National Standards of Canada.
Charlottetown – Prince Edward Island's environment minister says the province will soon get their first look at some of the regulations to go with the province's Water Act. First to be dealt with will be regulations for well construction and municipal water systems, followed by regulations for high-capacity wells. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Washington, DC – The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on April 18 on the appropriate role of states and the federal government in regulating ground water. The hearing comes on the heels of several significant court cases, as well as action by the U.S. EPA to seek public comment on discharges of pollutants via “hydrologically connected” sources. The NGWA reports. | READ MORE
Sonoma Valley, CA – The new order of ground water regulation is just starting to come into shape and will take several years to implement, with still-undefined costs, monitoring and limits that may fall primarily on rural well owners, including residents and farmers. The Sonoma Index-Tribune reports. | READ MORE
California – With a June 30 deadline approaching, agencies, farmers and others in affected California groundwater basins are working to finalize the formation of locally controlled ground water sustainability agencies, which are required under the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Ag Alert reports. | READ MORE
This year, the British Columbia Ground Water Association, in partnership with GeoExchange BC, is endeavouring to update the BC Ground Water Protection Regulation Handbook to reflect the changes to the Groundwater Protection Regulation.
Simcoe, Ont. – The public works department of Norfolk County in Ontario will work with affected property owners now that the county has a source-water protection plan in place. The first order of business is examining active and abandoned water, gas and oil wells in the Delhi, Ont., area. The Simcoe Reformer reports. | READ MORE
Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Prince Edward Island will hold water act public consultations in seven communities beginning in October, says Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Victoria – The B.C. government is seeking input from the public on the proposed regulations and policies relating to the Water Sustainability Act until Sept. 8. READ MORE
July 10, 2015, Charlottetown – The government of Prince Edward Island is inviting all Islanders to participate in the creation of legislation to protect water quality and quantity now and into the future.
June 2, 2015, Elora, Ont. – While Friends of Elora Water have expressed concern with the Nestlé Waters proposal to purchase a local property and take over an existing water-taking permit, the company states it is still in the “investigative portion” of the process. The Wellington Advertiser reports. | READ MORE
May 8, 2015, Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association is looking for people to form a consensus body for developing a proposed ground water pumping systems standard to include guidance on performance requirements for pumps used in water wells.
March 20, 2015, Panaji, India – The approval of Goa Ground Water Policy, which requires well owners to register water sources and install meters, has drawn criticism from stakeholders who allege the mandate will affect their businesses, The Times of India reports. | READ MORE
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