Questions on new B.C. groundwater regulations prompt Okanagan Water Board to help local well-owners

Kelowna, B.C. – There has been some confusion about what new B.C. groundwater regulations – part of the recently introduced Water Sustainability Act – mean for residents who have a well. In response, the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has developed a guide to help sort it out.

“Most people in the Okanagan are on municipal water utilities. But there are still a large number who are on their own wells and they should know how groundwater licencing will affect them,” said OBWB Executive Director Anna Warwick Sears, explaining the reason for developing the information. Under the new regulations, residential well owners are not expected to get licences and do have rights to water for domestic uses. However, she added, it is prudent for those with a well to register it to ensure its use is known and protected.

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