Pricing & Finance
While British Columbia’s ground water industry was celebrating the new Water Sustainability Act, the announcement in March 2015 of proposed water rental rates – in force as of Feb. 29, 2016 – got members of the public hot under the collar.
Davis, CA – A University of California Davis study suggests the state was able to trim per capita water consumption by 10 per cent over a decade using watering restrictions and public policy. It also indicates Canada's price of water is among the lowest in the world and its consumption is among the highest, The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
July 17, 2015, Victoria, B.C. – The B.C. government announced plans this week to re-examine new legislation that would, for the first time, regulate ground water use in the province. Deborah Curran, the Hakai professor in environmental law and sustainability at the University of Victoria, spoke with The Globe and Mail about the issue this week. | READ MORE
July 14, 2015, Vancouver – Public dissent against Nestlé continues to grow over the company's usage and bottling of B.C. ground water, but a former Liberal MLA says those who have signed the petition misunderstand what is at stake. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
May 21, 2015, Beaver Creek, Yukon – A two-year bureaucratic battle has left a Yukon bakery without a permit to re-open, after learning it needs to install a UV water filtration system that could cost up to $10,000. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
May 18, 2015, Los Angeles – Critics of the bottled water industry in California say corporations are exploiting the state's "archaic," historically hands-off approach to water regulation at the expense of a precious resource, and petitions to shut them down are gaining momentum. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
May 12, 2015, Toronto – A symposium at the University of Toronto's Munk School will tackle the issue of how to finance mapping and monitoring of ground water resources.
April 13, 2015, St. Catharines, Ont. – The Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) is currently soliciting proposals for research projects through a competition.
March 6, 2015, Vancouver – More than 82,000 people have signed a petition against the government’s plans to sell B.C.’s water for $2.25 per million litres, The Province reports. | READ MORE
Dec. 18, 2014, Victoria – A new policy report addresses who makes decisions about water, explains how decision-makers can be held accountable and offers a 10-year plan to make the Water Sustainability Act work. A ground water licence pricing review is also underway. Alternatives Journal reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 14, 2014, Charlottetown – Time is running out for Charlottetown residents to take part in the city's voluntary water meter program, reports CBC News. | READ MORE
Aug. 26, 2014, Hanford, CA – The Kings County Water Commission and the Kings County Agricultural Advisory Committee members voted unanimously to oppose two landmark bills that would comprehensively regulate groundwater in California, reports The Sentinel. | READ MORE
June 26, 2014, Victoria – The British Columbia Ministry of Environment is introducing an administrative penalty program to encourage compliance with the Environmental Management Act and the Integrated Pest Management Act.
May 23, 2014, Clarington, Ont. – If Hydro One won’t allow access to the planned site of a controversial new hydro transmission station for independent hydrogeological testing on the Oak Ridges Moraine in Enniskillen, Clarington is going to permit the study to take place on the municipality-owned road allowance near the site.| READ MORE

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